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Allied Health Sciences tutors withdraw from teaching in protest

2015 May 07

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

Tutorial staff and Principals of three Allied Health Science Training schools have refrained from enrolling or conducting lectures to 190 new recruits to Medical Laboratory Technology training schools from Tuesday (05) demanding confirmation in service.

Professionals Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) General Secretary, Saman Jayasekara said yesterday that teachers at three training schools at the Medical Research Institute (MRI), the National Institute of Health Science (NIHS), Kalutara and the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital had resorted to the trade union action, demanding that they be confirmed in service.

The three schools have 32 staff members. The principals and staff have been serving for over a decade or so as in acting capacity.

Those schools needed permanent staff, Jayasekera said. The ministry had promised to confirm them in service but that pledge had been reneged on, Jayasekara alleged.

Recruits for Allied Health Sciences (AHS) are trained in seven schools. Next month a new batch of 300 would be sent for pharmacist training. However, their training, too, would be suspended till the Health Ministry solved the problem faced by the trainers, Jayasekera said.

The PSM General Secretary said that 800 students had been recruited to follow allied health science courses.

Jayasekara said that their other demands also included recruiting AHS graduates to the state sector, payment of the communication allowance to the tutorial staff of AHS training schools and duty free vehicle permits.

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