The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) is to go ahead with the planned 24-hour countrywide strike tomorrow over the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue.
GMOA Secretary Dr. Naveen de Zoysa today told a media briefing that about 150 trade unions and associations have joined hands with them to protest against the SAITM.
He said all state medical officers would be refraining from engaging in services from 8.00 am tomorrow to 8.00 am on Saturday.
“All medical officers including ayurvedic doctors, dental and veterinary surgeons will strike tomorrow. The state doctors will also refrain from private practices until Saturday morning. A massive protest march and a public rally will also be held tomorrow in Colombo against the SAITM,” he said.
He said the workers attached to other trade unions would hold demonstrations and protest marches around the country.
However, he said several hospitals including the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Castle Street Hospital for Women, De Soysa Hospital for Women in Colombo and Sirimavo Bandaranaike Specialized Children's' Hospital in Kandy would be open for patients even during the strike.
“Some hospitals in the Eastern Province will also continue their medical treatments as usual since those areas have been affected with the influenza virus. Treatment for kidney patients will also continue without any hindrance,” he said.
Inter University students Federation, National Trade Union Center, Association of Medical Faculty’s Lectures, All Island Nurses’ Union and Ceylon Teachers Union were also among the associations which would protest against the SAITM today. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
I think country needs 10 more private medical colleges.
henry Thursday, 06 April 2017 09:03 PM
Its high time the govt takes stern disciplinary action against these hypocrites.better get advise from gota how to handled them. via DM Android App
Aku Friday, 07 April 2017 08:40 AM
Seems like the GMOA and his cronies are hell bent on just one agenda - to cause total disruption to the medical services... In my opinion, the best remedy here would be, to fight fire with fire!!! All strikers should be interdicted from their jobs with no pay, all perks and vehicles taken away... The people heading this strike should be arrested and tried in Court for MURDER and sentenced immediately!!!! This would be a very effective way of getting rid of heartless doctors too, making way for the new generation to take over.
daily borru Friday, 07 April 2017 10:41 AM
Stop government servants working in private hospitals and ask the private hospitals to look for doctors else where.
UniDon Thursday, 06 April 2017 05:12 PM
Like MR's regime MS and RW's regime seems deaf
John Thursday, 06 April 2017 05:26 PM
Why cannot the Govt enforce Health Services as an ESSENTIAL SERVICE, especially in the crisis facing the country with spreading Dengue and H1NI virus.
saman Thursday, 06 April 2017 05:56 PM
Only the innocent people suffer. Not the HiFi people.
nanda Thursday, 06 April 2017 06:08 PM
we dont want doctors with out A levels or O levels from SAITM
TONY Thursday, 06 April 2017 06:54 PM
DOCTORS TAKE AN OATH TO SERVE THE PEOPLE. WHY ARE THEY GOING ON STRIKE FOR SOME UNRELATED ISSUES
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