MLTs threaten strike against possible underhand transfers


By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Sri Lanka Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists (SLAGMLT) yesterday warned it would resort to trade union action if any irregular transfers were implemented.

President of the SLAGMLT, Janaka Nishantha responding to an article published in The Island on Tuesday said that some people were trying to have their friends transferred to the National Hospital by creating an artificial shortage of medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) and pinning the blame on Health Ministry officials for it. 

Nishantha said that there was a shortage of MLTs in several major hospitals and medical institutions in the country. Those worst affected were the Medical Laboratory Institute (MRI), Kalubowila, Ragama and Anuradhapura Teaching Hospitals, and the Maharagama Cancer Institute. Some sections in their laboratory facilities were on the verge of shutting down owing to the dearth of MLTs, he said.

Nishantha warned that the union would take trade union action if the transfer board was overlooked. The union would also submit a detailed list of the places which faced shortage of MLTS to the Director General Health Services (DGHS) today (28) at a discussion with him. 

The Sri Lanka Society for Medical Laboratory Science (SLSMLS) last week called for Presidential intervention to solve the shortage of MLTs at the National Hospital.

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