Government doctors would hold a token strike at main State hospitals in Kurunegala, Kandy and Matara today from 8 a.m. to noon over an anomaly in admitting Government doctors’ children to State National Schools, the GMOA said today.
“About 200 doctors are waiting in the auditorium of Education Ministry, requesting a meeting with Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. But, the minister has refused to hold a meeting with the doctors” Dr. Haritha Aluthge of the GMOA said yesterday.
He said some doctors were transferred every four years according to the special transfer scheme and some doctors go for overseas training, and hence find it difficult to show five-years of permanent residence to get admissions into National Schools for their children.
The GMOA charged that many arbitrary activities were taking place at the Ministry including the doctors’ children school admission issue.
They also said as flexible person should hold the post of Education Minister, instead of the incumbent minister.
According to the GMOA, more than 200 children of Government doctors had been deprived of admission to State-run National Schools this year.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry issuing a statement said, the GMOA misled the general public by twisting the facts with regard to the National School admissions.
It called the doctors selfish because what they demanded admission only to their children to the best and famous schools.
“The GMOA is demanding admission for 12 famous and most competent schools in the country including Royal College, Ananda College, Visaka Vidyalaya in Colombo district, Dharmaraja College, Kingswood College, Mahamaya Vidyalaya, High School in Kandy district and Maliyadewa College in Kurunegala,” it said.
The Ministry said the demands of the Government doctors were unacceptable and unfair.
The Ministry also requested the Government doctors not to use their profession a weapon to fulfill unfair demands. (Piyumi Fonseka)
Treat them just like any government officer. Otherwise they can put their children to posh foreign schools as they once said.
Amila Thursday, 15 September 2016 10:22 AM
Really happy on the Ministry's decision. These are selfish bunch of group. Then, what about the other professionals, bankers, police officers. They do also receive transfers. These doctors think that they are above the common people.
Vinod Thursday, 15 September 2016 03:55 PM
Please tell them to go to the judiciary and sort it out. No need special treatments.
Are you for real Thursday, 15 September 2016 03:49 AM
I totally agree with the ministry. The doctor's are been very selfish. At least they have the ability to put their children into s private schools. The doctor's have studied for free and now they want more. Please stand firm on this don't let the doctor's bully you. Introduce a higher education debt system at least the government can recoup expenses when the special breed starts to rake it in. Use the funds recouped to improve the remote schools or open another university to give more opportunities to local students to complete a degree in SL.
Onger Thursday, 15 September 2016 06:38 AM
When on strike, private practice by Doctors should not be allowed. That is the quickest way to end the strike. Hit them where it hurts hard. Their main income.
REALPATRIAT Thursday, 15 September 2016 06:38 AM
THEY FIGHT AGAINST PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGE TO MAINTAIN THEIR MONOPOLY .NOW THE COUNTRY CAN WITNESS THEIR TRUE COLOUR. via DM Android App
lion Thursday, 15 September 2016 06:40 AM
Never giving to this, they want to be treated like special privilege class which is highly unreasonable and unethical. Their profession should be treated as profession equally to others like engineers ,accountants.If the government give in they will start interfering the governing of this country soon. Government should along with people of this country should get together and teach a lesson to this selfish lot.
ernest Thursday, 15 September 2016 06:56 AM
well said .Yes minister don't give in.
Ravin Thursday, 15 September 2016 07:28 AM
Mr.Minister, don't give in to these goons,
Arjuna Thursday, 15 September 2016 07:31 AM
Definitely, next strike for asking good toilets for doctors
Spin Doctor Thursday, 15 September 2016 07:54 AM
Extremely selfish behavior. They can use their PP money to send the children to private schools and then to SAITAM via DM Android App
Dee Thursday, 15 September 2016 07:55 AM
Not only have they studied using our tax money, they rip off people by consulting and still want to send their kids to schools using our tax money. (Leave out the car permits, even we benefit from them)
dulan Thursday, 15 September 2016 07:55 AM
Country should do away with favoring some categories like giving car permits to some types inc politician, special school admission to some.
Gobi Thursday, 15 September 2016 08:46 AM
Admission based points of 5 year service but doctors TRANSFERRED every 4 years.How biased via DM Android App
Manisha Thursday, 15 September 2016 08:54 AM
If we apply the same logic, it is teachers in SL who make doctors, they have to work everywhere and has to get transferred. Their children also should get good schools. Then our forces do the same, they have to work all across the country they also should get good schools. Journalists, other government servants and even private sector should get the same privilege. This is so selfish, even doctors were selfish when people got an ambulance service. They want to run a monopoly.
samantha Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:24 AM
100 % agreed with you.
ANTON Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:38 AM
THEY MUST REALIZE THAT THEY ARE DOCTORS , NOT KINGS.
PSiva Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:38 AM
Doctors are also ordinary citizens of the nation. They cannot ask for special privileges. Hon.Minister stand firm on your decision. These fellows are worst than gangsters trying to threaten the Govt.
Lawry Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:43 AM
Why can't they win the respect of the schools on their won?These incompetent doctors should make their request to the respective schools instead of expecting the government to spoon feed them. I wish I could be a cry baby like these guys to get all that I want threatening to defecated on the floor. Shame on you GMOA.
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