Unemployed Ayurvedic doctors, who are currently performing a Satyagraha opposite the Ayurvedic Teaching Hospital in Borella, have decided to launch a massive protest together with health sector workers against the government`s delay to provide them with appointments. They said their Satyagraha would enter its sixth day today but the discussions, with the Indigenous Medicine Minister Tissa Karalliyadda, were unsuccessful.
Deputy General Secretary of the All Ceylon Health Service Union Gamini Kumarasinghe told The Island yesterday that they had a discussion with the Minister last Wednesday, but it ended without any solution.
`There are about 800 Ayurvedic Graduates without appointments. Some have been waiting for the past six years for appointments. The government nor the Indigenous Medicine Ministry has a proper plan to give appointments to the Ayurvedic doctors,` Kumarasinghe said.
He said that there are 300 vacancies for Ayurvedic doctors in the government sector.
These vacancies were not filled for years. The government has no procedure to fill the vacancies with these unemployed ayurvedic graduates,` he said.
Meanwhile, Ministry sources said that the Treasury had given its approval to appoints 600 Ayurvedic doctors. Further to this, the Ministry has planned to establish Community Ayurvedic Centres in the Polonnaruwa, Moneragala and Hambantota districts.
Kumarasinghe said that this is a verbal pledge and they could not believe it. He said the Ministry should give them a written assurance.