Health Professionals Up in Arms Over Delays in Implementing Promises

By Nabiya Vaffoor | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 2 2021
News Health Professionals Up in Arms Over Delays in Implementing Promises

By Nabiya Vaffoor 

The Health Professionals Collective (HPC) has stopped releasing health related data reports to the Ministry of Health from last morning (1). HPC Co-Convener, Saman Ratnapriya said with this decision, their Collective will not release data related to COVID-19 or any other disease that will affect the public. “We urge the authorities to implement the recommendations made in the ‘Ranugge Committee Report,’ rectify overtime anomalies, give graduates their deserving appointments, and to reduce the price of medicine. There has been no moves in the Budget to solve this issue as well,” he added. 

Further, Ratnapriya said due to their demands not being met, they were forced to launch the strike action, and urged the Health Minister to solve the issue without delay. Meanwhile, he also said health guidelines and the mechanism regarding tourism was an unwarranted risk. 

“Tourist who already had PCR reports should be tested on arrival for safety purposes. Tourists are allowed to roam around the airport and have access to the duty-free shops to make purchases even before checking or going through PCR or Antigen Tests. In such a scenario, airport staff were running a great risk and their lives were at stake. This should change,” he said. Ratnapriya was speaking at the Health Professionals Collective Media briefing on 30 November.

By Nabiya Vaffoor | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 2 2021

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