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* Opposition MP in Sri Lanka on a hunger strike demanding the reopening of a state hospital
Thu, Dec 26, 2013, 02:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 26, Colombo: Several politicians affiliated to Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) have commenced an agitation campaign demanding the reopening of a state hospital that has been shut down due to a strike action by its workers.

UNP Kalutara district parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma and several local government members of the UNP together with over 500 supporters have staged a protest demanding the authorities to reopen the Baduraliya district hospital.

The opposition MP meanwhile, has commenced a hunger strike outside the hospital until the hospital is reopened.

The hospital was shut down due to a strike by doctors and even though the nurses and minor staff attached to the hospital had reported to work, they are unable to carry out their daily work.

The protestors have demanded that the authorities take measures to resolve the doctors' strike in order to resume the work at the hospital.

Residents in the area who have been badly affected by the strike have also decided to launch an agitation campaign to demand action from the authorities.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Dr. Nihal Jayathilake told local media that the Ministry will hold a discussion is due with the Government Medical Officers Association and the relevant parties to resolve the ongoing crisis.

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