Token strike to paralyse state hospitals on Thursday

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

Over 45,000 health workers including Professions Supplementary to Medicine personnel and nurses have decided to stage a token strike on Thursday (02) demanding a Rs. 5,000 as Disturbance Availability and Transport (DAT) allowance.

General Secretary of the Joint Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine (JCPSM) and Joint Convenor, Saman Jayasekera, said yesterday that the DAT which was being introduced as a new allowance for remaining health services namely the nurses, PSM and paramedics would increase the allowances parallel to the increment given to doctors’ allowances this month. The Treasury agreed to the Health Ministry recommendations on the amount which was to be paid to them. 

The strike would be launched by nurses, medical laboratory technologists (MLTs), X-ray technologists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, PHIs, entomologists, school dental therapists and other para medical personnel, Jayasekera said.

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