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PSMs on indefinite work to rule from today

2013 Jun 19

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) yesterday warned that it would resort to an indefinite work-to-rule campaign from, today (18), if the government failed to meet its demands, which included much delayed grade one promotions.

PSM General Secretary Saman Jayasekara said that PSM members had not been given promotions since 2006. There were over 400 PSM personnel from all five categories, some who have completed over 19 years of service, awaiting grade one promotions.

The remaining demands include the recruitment of 600 PSM graduates into the state sector service. Jayasekara accused Health Ministry of dragging its feet over the issue for which the Cabinet Committee had given its approval early this year.

Jayasekara said that accordingly the Health Ministry should recruit 75 percent PSM diploma holders and 25 percent PSM graduates.

However recommendations had been issued this time to recruit all 600 due to the dearth of PSM in government hospitals.

He said the PSM also demanded a revision of overtime and fixed allowances.

All PSM categories would only work for eight hours during the trade union action where as they normally provided a 24-hour service. The five PSM categories would only attend to life saving, emergency services, and urgent tests, he said.

The PSM is made up of five categories of health workers, medical laboratory technologists (PLTs), Occupational therapists, X-ray technical officers, Physiotherapists and Pharmacists. The Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) Peradeniya Children’s Hospital, Castle Street Hospital for Women, Maharagama Cancer Institute, National Blood Centre would be exempt from the work to rule campaign.

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