Baduraliya hospital reopened after six-day protest

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Baduraliya hospital was reopened yesterday morning, after a six-day shut down, as security had been ensured for the hospital staff, GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya said.

He said the first patient to be admitted, after reopening the hospital, was UNP Kalutara district parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma, who had earlier launched a death fast demanding its re-opening.

As the facilities were inadequate, the MP was transferred to the Nagoda hospital, Dr. Padeniya said.

Thewarapperuma launched an agitation campaign with several others after the sudden closure of the hospital by the doctors last Saturday.

GMOA General Committee member Dr. Nalinda Herath told The Island that following the death of a 75-year-old man, the villagers there had behaved in an unruly manner blaming it on doctors. The villagers were of the opinion that the patient died due to medical negligence of the hospital staff.

He pointed out that an emergency meeting, attended by Transport Minister Kumara Welgama, Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, Additional Secretary Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Director General Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala, GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, OIC Baduraliya, Senior DIG Western province Anura Senanayaka, Buddhist Priests of Baduraliya and members of the hospital and village committees was held at the Health Ministry on Thursday and the issue resolved after the two men who had threatened doctors came forward at the meeting and apologised for their behaviour.

Dr. Herath added that all the village committee members assured the safety of the hospital staff from today onwards. But, if the UNP Kalutara district parliamentarians continued the agitation campaign, the hospital would not have been opened.

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