July 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday accused the government of using the crisis in the health sector to destroy the free health service.
Speaking at a media conference, party's General Secretary Tilvin Silva said a serious crisis has developed in the health sector and the government has allowed an administrative issue between nurses and family health workers to escalate.
Referring to the clashes between the nurses and the midwives at the Ragama Hospital, Silva said the issue first appeared at Kurunegala Hospital has now spread into other hospitals as well and as a result the employees of the health sector have not been able to engage in their duties with a clear mind.
Patients who cannot afford private medical assistance have become helpless, Silva noted.
He accused the government of taking a "bawdy pleasure" viewing the conflict between two groups of employees while patients are suffering.
"The crises escalate in the health sector when a government and a ministry are responsible for the health of the people. It is an administrative issue. The government is responsible for finding a solution that would be justifiable," JVP general secretary said.
Silva surmised that the government is working towards a deceitful objective to abolish public services gradually and it could be the strategy to eliminate responsibilities such as free healthcare to the public.
Drawing a parallel with the transport and education sectors, the JVP senior said the government is conspiring to hand over health service to the private sector.
The government is also using the administrative issue to conceal the general issues of the health sector, he charged.
The JVP general secretary demanded the government to solve issues in the health sector without attempting to shy off from responsibilities.
"We also ask the masses to rally to protect free health service as itís our responsibility to preserve it for future generations," he said.