Dental surgeons to strike islandwide

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Dental surgeons will strike today (6) in hospitals islandwide to bring about political stability and prevent the country’s economy from sinking even further.

General Secretary of the Government Dental Surgeons’ Association (GDSA), Dr. Vipula Wickramasinghe said “to resolve the existing social crisis, the GDSA requests all Sri Lankan citizens to extend their support to the hartal. However, all emergency services would be maintained during the trade union action. GDSA urged the public to act in a responsible manner and refrain from visiting government hospitals for routine treatment as only emergency services would be maintained.

Dental surgeons serving in all Maternity Hospitals and Cancer Hospitals would be exempted from the strike.

He warned that all private dental clinics would be closed. Meanwhile, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said it would extend its support to any peaceful demonstration including to those being held today (6) in a bid to end the corrupt political system in the country and provide a lasting solution.

GMOA Secretary, Dr. Senal Fernando said, without causing further public inconvenience with strike action, his outfit had decided to hold peaceful protests in front of all hospitals across the country from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. All medical practitioners will wear black bands and report for duty.

Also, awareness would be created among religious and civil society leaders and the public regarding the crisis and its solution.

Dr. Fernando warned that the Union would not hesitate to take strong trade union action if the Government and all the political parties do not end the corrupt and oppressive political system and accept the decision of the people. (DJ)