Harsha rejects GMOA allegations

23 February 2016 11:29 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Rejecting the allegations by the GMOA on government’s decision to set up an ambulance service operated by an Indian organisation, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harsha de Silva said today

that it would not pose a threat to national security as alleged by the GMOA and would instead be beneficial to the people.

Dr. De Silva said no one would object to such a meritorious act, which would be of immense help to the people who have to die in three-wheelers or on the road without proper transport facilities to rush to hospital in an emergency.

Responding to the allegation that Indian personnel would flow into Sri Lanka with the implementation of the India-aided emergency ambulance service handled by the Hyderabad-based GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK-EMRI), Dr. De Silva said only Sri Lankans would be employed apart from three to four Indians involved in technology transfer.

Dr. De Silva said the ambulance service would be operated by GVK-EMRI for the first year and, after that, the government would decide whether to take it over or allow the company to continue running it.

Dr. De Silva said this move would be beneficial to the ordinary people as it would be free of charge and would reach the patient within 20 minutes -- with a doctor on board. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 6

  • Leo Wednesday, 24 February 2016 09:05 AM

    I think Dr. Harsh should not be bothered by what the GMOA says as no one with basic fence would. Yet it will be good if we can get down Indian doctors as they would rather treat people that appearing on the media every other day. via DM Android App

    Dr.Thomas Wednesday, 24 February 2016 02:37 PM

    The GMOA does not represent the entire medical profession. Even their membership is unhappy with the Ex -co decisions.Set of hooligans in disguise. via DM Android App

    Manushya Wednesday, 24 February 2016 08:17 AM

    GMOA is acting like a paracite. It needs diseases to prevail rather than curing them so that members can keep earning. Why not the government make the health service a compulsory service so that they cannot take strike actions for every minor issue ?.

    Ranjith Wednesday, 24 February 2016 08:33 AM

    Ever willing to criticize! Oh, we Sri Lankans !!

    Jess Wednesday, 24 February 2016 08:48 AM

    Well said. A reliable and free ambulance service is a great addition to the health sector and will put many minds at ease

    Sri Wednesday, 24 February 2016 08:48 AM

    GMOA is currently a highly politicized organization. If one can go to Youtube, you can see the current hierarchy of the GMOA paying homage to Mahinda at many functions during the previous regime. What a bunch of jokers, GMOA have become


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