The Government Medical Officers Association has yesterday closed four surgical wards at the Ranapura General Hospital in protest against the failure of the Health Ministry to take disciplinary action against the male nurse who was abusive to a lady doctor.
The GMOA said it would not close medical wards under any circumstances as the Ratnapura district is flooded and a large number of patients were beginning to rush to the hospital with dengue, ckickungunaya and dysentery.
GMOA spokesman Dr. Chandika Epitakaduwa said that had the Health ministry acted the conflict
between the lady doctor and the male nurse would have been solved sensibly. The problem had now aggravated due to indifference of ministry officials and hospital Director of the Ratnapura hospital. The GMOA was asking the authorities to apply the `Establishment Code of the health Services` and take appropriate action against the male nurse who had disobeyed the lady doctor and the medical superintendent of the hospital.
He pointed out that in accordance with the Code s rules and regulations the hospital authorities should have held the preliminary inquiry and thereafter a proper inquiry. should have been held. The male nurse who was an active trade unionist, had refused to carry out orders given by a lady doctor. When the doctor asked him why he did not carry out her orders he had become furious and had spoken back to the doctor in unprintable words. When the lady doctor complained it to the hospital director over matter the Director had asked the male nurse to work in OPD. The male nurse had also torn the transfer letter issued by the Director and was confined to the ward no 6 which had been closed.