Aug 31, Anuradhapura: Doctors of Sri Lanka's Anuradhapura hospital launched a token strike this morning to protest an assault against a colleague at the hospital.
According to a hospital spokesperson a token strike was launched from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to protest an assault on a doctor attached to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital's Cancer Treatment Unit allegedly by supporters of a ruling party politician.
The victim of the attack, Dr. Chamila Herath sustained injuries to the head in the attack last night and is receiving treatment at the hospital now.
Reportedly, Dr. Herath, who was driving to work at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital has been stopped by a group of people in front of a campaign office of the ruling party United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at Dahaiyagama junction in Anuradhapura.
When he insisted that he needed to proceed, about 20 people, believed to be the supporters of Chief Minister of the North Central Province, Berty Premalal Dissanayake had assaulted him and damaged his vehicle.
Spokesperson of the Government Medical Officers Association deplored the attack and urged the police to arrest the suspects.
The GMOA said a strike action would be launched in all the hospitals in the North Central Province on Monday (Sept 03) if police fail to arrest the attackers.