On September 22, a consortium of trade unions representing the healthcare sector, in collaboration with civil service organizations, is set to stage demonstrations in front of hospitals, highlighting persistent disparities within the healthcare system and the ongoing medicine shortages.
The decision to protest during their lunch break, ensuring minimal disruption to patient care, was a carefully considered move by these health unions.
Dr. Madura Seneviratne, the District Secretary of the Nuwara Eliya District for the All Ceylon Health Trade Union Federation (ACHTUF), shed light on the motives behind the protests. He emphasized that these demonstrations materialized in response to the government’s perceived failure to take requisite measures to address the critical issues plaguing the healthcare sector.
The protests underscore the pressing need for attention and action regarding disparities in healthcare and the vital issue of medicine shortages, which impact the quality of care and services delivered to the public. As the demonstrations unfold, stakeholders will be closely watching for potential developments in the ongoing dialogue between healthcare unions and the government.