The budget for 2018 passed it first hurdle in Parliament today after the second reading.The second reading of the budget was passed in Parliament by a majority with 151 members voting for and 58 against it.
However the management issued letters to the staff who formed the trade union terminating their service. The staff however challenged their termination and as the issue went public the management reinstated them and assured that Perera will be removed.However today Perera had turned up in office on the basis that he will continue to operate as the head of the radio network of Swarnavahini which includes Shree FM and EFM. A tense situation arose at the Swarnavahini television station today forcing the Police to be called in to provide protection and escort the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mahen Perera out of the office.The tense situation arose when most of the Swarnavahini television staff agitated over the presence of Mahen Perera in the office after they were told yesterday that he was removed from the post. The staff had formed a trade union recently and pushed for Perera’s removal as they had several concerns. Swarnavahini staff however objected to him holding any post in the network and threatened to forcefully remove him.The Police were later called in by the management to escort Perera out of the office.Swarnavahini was just recently taken over by a foreign company. (Colombo Gazette)
And within a decade, digital consultations are expected to become the default option for patients, relieving pressures on hospitals, the new strategy says. Smartphone consultations will replace most hospital and GP appointments under plans to make the NHS a “digital first” operation. The new plan says that within five years, up to 30 million hospital appointments – one in three – should be scrapped, with patients instead having Skype consultations or being monitored via smartphone. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Health Secretary said the move would save £1bn a year. But… Simon Stevens, head of the NHS, said the shift would be far more convenient for patients, putting them in touch with experts at the touch of a button.