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* Sri Lanka's midwives and nurses strike over controversy in midwifery training
Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 11:24 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Family Health Services Union has decided to strike work from tomorrow, said the Chairman of the union Devika Kodithuwakku.

Accordingly, the midwives will keep away from deliveries in the maternity hospitals and also from the work related to maternity clinics island wide.

The midwives protest giving midwifery training to the nurses as part of their basic training. They demand the midwifery training be given only to them.

Nurses in state hospitals demand that they be given midwifery training but the powerful doctors' trade union, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) and the midwives have raised objections to the demand.

AS a protest to the development, the Government Nursing Officers' Association (GNOA) has planned a one day token strike for tomorrow, April 3 in the hospitals island wide.

The Ministry of Health has appointed a medical technical expert committee to resolve the dispute between the nurses and the family health officials and has asked the relevant unions not to resort to trade union action. .

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