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The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today wrote to President Maithripala Sirisena informing him of their decision to resort to a 24-hour token strike on Friday on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue.

GMOA Secretary Naveen De Soyza told a media briefing that they had informed the President that the government should provide a firm response to this matter.

“We are insisting that SAITM be nationalized and the government should refrain from entering into trade agreements with foreign countries such as that of the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) which many deprive Sri Lankans of job opportunities,” he said adding that the government should stop selling the country's assets and the privatization of state institutions.

Dr. De Soyza said some 160 trade unions including those of teachers, the transport sector and the railways would join them in this battle which would continue if these matters are not resolved. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

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  • Nimal Thursday, 04 May 2017 07:16 AM

    It is time to strike the GMOA!

    Dr.Nick Thursday, 04 May 2017 08:06 AM

    This self appointed ordinary MBBS fellow who entered the university on Z score system has a functional disorder that needs urgent care. via DM Android App

    kumar Thursday, 04 May 2017 09:07 AM

    excellent comment...so true..

    poor Thursday, 04 May 2017 09:16 AM

    All Doctors are not supporting MR. So why others not create new Trade union as an alternative to GMOA. If there is a legal barrier, why Govt. or UNP or SLFP silent and put all Doctors under GMOA.

    Appu Thursday, 04 May 2017 09:20 AM

    Taking rasom of inncent pateints for selfish agenda via DM Android App

    Don Thursday, 04 May 2017 09:26 AM

    It is shame GMOA. The whole world knows you have broken the Guiness Records on strikes.You must help the Medical Council to draft a proper minimum standards before you fight against the poor people.

    Vernon Thursday, 04 May 2017 09:33 AM

    By your insisting that SAITM be nationalized, do you mean that no private medical colleges should be allowed, or is it only regarding SAITM?. Do you support or not private hospitals, private nursing schools, private engineering universities, private technician training etc? How do you propose to fill the large shortfall of doctors in SL? GMOA consists of doctors passed out from foreign private universities. Isn't SAITM a so called issue entirely with Medical Council, and not affecting the GMOA membership in any way? If so what moral right has the GMOA to take trade union action affecting a large mass of poor and the middle class patients? Journalists, please ask such relevant questions when these heartless people hold press conferences.

    Casanova Wednesday, 03 May 2017 06:43 PM

    Bring down some Indian Doctors, I know they are not as good as our Doctors but at least they have hearts and they don't just breathe money.

    Lankan Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:52 AM

    There are Chinese dentist in Sri Lanka who are running private clinics Why GMOA are silent on this? if they are allowed why not our own Sri Lankan Study in a private institute and practice in Sri Lanka.

    Guttara Wednesday, 03 May 2017 06:47 PM

    The govt. should act like a govt., or hand over power to TUs and go home.

    Shelly. Wednesday, 03 May 2017 07:13 PM

    (CON) DOCTOR Soyza hasnt learned how to write an official letter to the point. i.e. he says the strike will be on SAITM. And then go on to say some other things about foreign interventions. This Soyza is wired. For nothing but to make M. R. happy. via DM Android App

    wijebahu Wednesday, 03 May 2017 07:17 PM

    Clowns will meet their waterloo soon. reasons for strike has no connections, it is evident this is politically motivated strike and no government can fulfill these demands unless let GMOA runs the country.

    channa Wednesday, 03 May 2017 07:18 PM

    Will the doctors in private hospitals and channel services strike?

    B S Perera Wednesday, 03 May 2017 07:38 PM

    Doctors, they themselves say they are the CREAM of the country (forget Z Score). How do these CREAM follow a few DIRT without ant fuss or protest?

    Wishvanath Wednesday, 03 May 2017 07:45 PM

    It is the manner that the journalist writes the news.

    Ram Thursday, 04 May 2017 02:43 AM

    GMOA is terrorising the whole country that must be stopped ASAP by making Hostital transport etc essential services

    sy Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:58 AM

    it seems strike has already started, there is no water in Battaramulla

    Dee Thursday, 04 May 2017 06:24 AM

    The ConDoctor's trying a fast one again


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