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Healthcare professionals’ strikes

‘Doctors cannot abandon patients’

The prevailing strikes launched by healthcare professionals violate the rights of patients. Healthcare services cannot be abandoned by any professional or facility, Indira Cancer Trust Chairperson and NCD Alliance Director Lanka Dr. Lanka Jayasuriya Dissanayake said.

She was speaking at a seminar on the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) titled ‘Our Views, Our Voices’ at the Health Promotion Bureau in Colombo, yesterday.

Dissanayake said that formulating the Charter of Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities commenced in 2002 under three Health Ministers. Several rounds of discussions were held in Parliament and a committee was also appointed. Unfortunately, the charter is yet to be finalised, she added.

Furthermore, a Health Ombudsman is expected to be appointed soon under a new charter, she said, adding that patients have the right to complain about any issues that would arise in their healthcare services.

Dissanayake said that such cases should be investigated and patients should be compensated if such faults were to be found.

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