Almost he entire nursing staff, bar a few, went on strike from noon yesterday at the Ratnapura hospital in protest against the transfer of a male nurse who was the centre of controversy last week.
The male nurse, the leader of a JVP backed union, was alleged to have verbally abused a lady doctor and disobeyed the orders of the hospital s director. He was yesterday transferred to the Kegalle hospital after a disciplinary inquiry.
The nurses, numbering over 500, are demanding that the transfer be cancelled, a fresh impartial inquiry be conducted and the report of the earlier inquiry be cancelled.
All Ceylon Health Services Uunion President Gamini Kumarasinghe told The Island that the union took a
unanimous decision to launch a strike by all nurses as an official inquiry into the conflict between a lady doctor and a male nurse was biased.
He said the conflict could have been resolved if the hospital director took impartial action. The ACHSU would ensure that all essential service would be carried out as usual. It has requested the Secretary to the Health Ministry Dr. A. Khandaliyaege to intervene.
Kumarasinghe said if the ACHSU was not afforded a meeting with the Health Ministry Secretary before 7.00 a.m. today they would not hesitate to discontinue even the essential services.