CID quizzes GMOA over 'printing mistake'

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Weeks after the Indian media claimed that of an alleged kidney racket where Sri Lankan doctors were involved in, the doctors of the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) are now under a cloud because of an investigation launched by the Crimes Investigations Department (CID) over a ‘printing mistake’ in a booklet launched by the GMOA in 2012.

The GMOA had launched the booklet titled ‘Establishment of Specialist registry and introduction of an evolution procedure for foreign medical specialists’ on hazards of unqualified Indian doctors’ practicing in Sri Lankan private hospitals.

The booklet has come out parallel to a programme of the GMOA with the collaboration of the Health Ministry which was then held by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The GMOA Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath, said he had been questioned last Friday (12) over the ‘printing mistake’ and according to the sources, the President of the GMOA Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya would also be questioned in the coming days.

The questioning of the GMOA Secretary by the CID has taken place in the following day after a protest was launched by the United Professionals’ Movement consisting of professionals in the government sector including the GMOA members.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Dr. Nalinda Herath said they were doubtful as to why it took 4 years for the CID to launch an investigation into the matter.

He suspected that the move was an attempt of the government to silent the government sector doctors for opposing the proposed Indo-Sri Lanka Economic and Technology Co-operative Agreement (ETCA) from which doors will be open for Indians in Sri Lankan fields.

“The GMOA had launched the booklet and an evolution process after a number of heart patients has come to the national hospitals with complications in their open-heart surgeries carried out in private hospitals by unqualified Indian doctors who call them specialists. Then Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena also praised our programme. We are doubtful about the sudden CID investigation,” Dr. Herath said.

“The first attempt to tarnish our reputation was the alleged kidney racket. Now, it is a printing mistake. We condemn this move and we are informing the President Maithripala Sirisena regarding the matter through a letter,” he said.

He said that according to sources, the complaint to the CID over the printing mistake had been lodged by a political supporter of a powerful minister in the current government. The sources had informed the GMOA that the CID had received telephone calls from the Prime Minister’s Office urging to start investigation as soon as possible.

However, the GMOA stated that unless the government takes action to stop curbing the doctors of the GMOA, they will be contemplating on an island wide strike action without prior notice.

Quote: The first attempt to tarnish our reputation was the alleged kidney racket. Now, it is a printing mistake. We condemn this move and we are informing the President Maithripala Sirisena regarding the matter through a letter (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 13

  • Evan2 Monday, 15 February 2016 02:36 PM

    Lol. very funny

    Ranjitdea Monday, 15 February 2016 03:54 AM

    More honourable to admit mistakes than to take third grade action like striking. Anyway cannot expect anything better from the Government doctors

    Bingo Monday, 15 February 2016 04:27 AM

    If any ruler want to develop a country they would keep India at distance. But our leaders praying gods at temples. Is this the so called educated man people selected in SL? Disgusting

    C.K.Lsnkaputhra Monday, 15 February 2016 05:53 AM

    GMOA is a political wing of a fallen politician. It works for him..They were silent through out his period.

    Tony Monday, 15 February 2016 06:01 AM

    it is pity that Doctors in Sri Lanka have no ethics. They just want money, money. They must first do the right thing by the patients. They are a disgrace to Sri Lanka

    Maithree Monday, 15 February 2016 07:13 AM

    Yahapaalanaya at work boys!

    Cobra Monday, 15 February 2016 07:26 AM

    Kottoruwa kesel gahata anna wagei ne?

    Premalal Monday, 15 February 2016 07:39 AM

    There had been many reports of medical misadventures in government hospitals and isolated cases in private hospitals but I have never seen one at the hand of a foreign doctor. If there are unqualified foreign doctors then the GMOA should bring to light those specific instances and prevent the doctor from practising, without painting everyone with one brush. It the poor who are the victims of medical misadventures at government hospitals and doctors close rank and protect their own. The trust placed on the local doctors is amply portrayed by the politicians and the affluent who go to Singapore for every medical need. I rest my case.

    BV Monday, 15 February 2016 08:47 AM


    Dr.Thomas Monday, 15 February 2016 09:01 AM

    The book was printed in conjunction with the PGIM. How come a printing error. via DM Android App

    Leo Monday, 15 February 2016 09:15 AM

    No one else needs to tarnish the GMOA image. You do it well enough. You should be a ashamed to call yourself doctors. Doctors take an oath to care and protect patients but you put patients at risk. The public should urge the president to strip the GMOA of their right to be doctors and appoint private practice doctors to serve in the gourvement services as well. GMOA is putting lives at risk in a developed country this will be taken up as a criminal offence. via DM Android App

    Mr. Bushel Monday, 15 February 2016 09:37 AM

    Why it took four years?

    Bingo Monday, 15 February 2016 09:49 AM

    Just ask Ranil to stop worship Indian gods and do some study on how advanced economies run. Otherwise SL never developed.

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