UNP accuses govt. of mismanaging health sector


By Saman Indrajith

Main Opposition UNP yesterday said in Parliament people were suffering due to the mismanagement of the health sector.

Acting Opposition Leader John Amaratunga making a special statement said the country’s health sector was in a mess. Problems of various types cropped up in the health sector every single week. There were countless strikes or agitations and they resulted in various other crises, he added.

"In one week we see the doctors of the Government Medical Officers’ Association mounting a strike and the next week nurses go on striking. Very recently we saw the midwives were on strike. Several weeks ago the paramedics were on strike.

"We do not see any attempt by the government to bring about a viable solution for the problems confronted by the employees of the country’s health sector.

"Involvement of politicians and bureaucratic interferences would worsen these situations. The most recent incident was the warning issued by the doctors of Nuwara Eliya to launch a strike.

"Instead of formulating a national health policy, the government departments are passing the buck.

"Besides, dengue and chronic kidney disease are spreading rapidly. Owing to the collapse of country’s health sector entire population is suffering."

Amaratunga demanded to know from Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne what action the government intended to take to arrest the deteriorating situation.

Leader of the House Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the Health Minister would respond to the issues raised by Chief Opposition Whip when Parliament met next.


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