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Health sector demands before Cabinet –Health Secy



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Health Secretary Sudhrama Karunaratne yesterday said that the demands put forward by the Joint Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine (JCPSM) had been submitted to the Cabinet Secretary Sumith Abeysinghe for Cabinet approval.

The JCPSM demands could not be granted overnight as they needed recommendations of the Finance Ministry, Salaries and Cadre Commission and Management Services Department, she said. The court has issued an injunction order to halt the strike launched by the JCPSM from yesterday (31).

The JCPSM had been holding many discussions with Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and her on Class One and Super Grade promotions of the Professions Supplementary to Medicine personnel. Then the Health Ministry with the concurrence of Finance Ministry Deputy Secretary, Public Administration Ministry Secretary and Health Secretary had appointed a sub-committee, which had submitted the report with necessary recommendations, the Health Secretary said.

Karunaratne said that the trade unionists of the JCPSM had been informed that the demands put forward by them had been submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

She stressed that the main demand of the JCPSM was permission for the Medical Laboratory Technologists, Radiographers, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists to do engage in private practice after duty hours like doctors and nurses, but that matter, too, needed Cabinet approval.

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