Nurses, PSM take up pruning of Allied Health Science Degree

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

Professions Supplementary to medicine (PSM) and nurses of the Kandy and Peradeniya Teaching Hospitals yesterday staged a one hour protest demanding that the Health Ministry revert its decision to reduce by one year the four year Allied Health Science degree.

 President of the Government Nursing Officers’ Association said yesterday that approximately thousand nurses and PSM participated in the protest outside the two teaching hospitals. Students of Allied Health Science (AHS) faculties had launched a spate of protest campaigns within the last few weeks while the PSM and nursing services had staged a three day protest which concluded with the picket yesterday afternoon against the Ministry’s decision, which he said had been influenced by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA).

 Some of the subjects had been completely expunged from the study syllabus of the AHS while the number of study hours had been decreased in other subjects in order to bring down the number of years of the degree course.

 Ratnapriya said that the course material had been formulated in keeping with international standards by specialist doctors.

 Responding to questions on a statement issued by the GMOA spokesman on Tuesday (04) that there was no necessity to increase the number of years of the Allied Health Science degree to enhance its quality, the GNOA president said that the same could be applied to the MBBS degree which lasted for five years.

 Ratnapriya warned that the two unions would collaborate in carrying out more protests in South Sri Lanka, namely; Galle Matara and Hambantota hospitals next week till the Health Ministry took an unbiased stand with regard to the Allied Health Science degree. 

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