Health Ministry meeting goes berserk

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Sri Lanka Society for Medical Laboratory Science (SLSMLS) President Ravi Kumudesh charged that Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen De Soysa had threatened him during a meeting held at the Health Ministry yesterday.

Mr. Kumudesh said he was invited for the meeting which was held to discuss about the organizational structure of the hospital laboratory last morning.

“The meeting was chaired by Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr. Jayasundara Bandara and it was attended by more than 25 laboratory professional colleagues. Except for me, all other attendees were medical doctors,” he told the Daily Mirror.

He said GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya conducted a speech demeaning other professions in the health sector.

“He behaved as if the only profession that mattered in the sector was the medical doctor. As the only laboratory scientist who was present there, I objected to his speech and reasoned out. Then, Dr. Naveen De Soysa interrupted my speech and then he threatened me,” Kumudesh said.

He had complained to the DGHS over the matter and also lodged a complaint with the Senior DIG Nandana Munasinghe requesting necessary action to ensure the safety of his life with related to this incident.

However, Dr. Naveen Soysa rejected the charge and said it was Kumudesh who conducted a speech using strong words.

“I didn’t threaten him. It was Kumudesh who spoke in a bad manner. Our GMOA members left the meeting in protest and we showed our displeasure to the DGHS,” Dr. De Soysa said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 9

  • AP Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:38 AM

    It is very unlikely that single representative of a sector has that much of freedom to talk openly. Hard to believe Dr Zoysa's accusation?

    Hiran Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:42 AM

    GOMA is not a professional outfit, as they act like bunch of thugs. Unfortunately, we do not have leaders with backbone to deal with these mafia members

    Mohamed Wednesday, 01 February 2017 03:53 AM

    these doctors think they are God and previlage crowd. if opportunity given even i could have beome doctors today i am a sales guy. just missed the medical college by 26 marks. Memorizing words and reading thick book doesnt make peferect . Try to be a leader i do not see this is in medical professional

    Selvyn Tuesday, 31 January 2017 05:12 PM

    Once in a talk show the president of doctors union was queried of his AL results but his answer was that he couldnt remember. It shows his results werent impressive via DM Android App

    R.Janagan Tuesday, 31 January 2017 05:40 PM

    All the health staff should work together, otherwise the patients will suffer. It's a sin if the health staff don't work properly.

    citizen Wednesday, 01 February 2017 07:18 AM

    Failed exams and cant do pp. So grabbing and corruption. Health ministry above him must act and transfer to Mattala to watch planes. GMOA mafia all have fried brains and are a health hazard more than virus.

    Dr.Watson Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:55 PM

    In the 50s and 60s there was no Z scores. Only the best made it to the universities . Never heard of doctors or engineers going on strike.

    Dr.Thomas Tuesday, 31 January 2017 01:14 PM

    The GMOA is a set of hooligans. Every individual at the Ministry of Health is aware of the behaviour of GMOA members. Nothing to be suprised about. via DM Android App

    Nimali Tuesday, 31 January 2017 02:00 PM

    Unfortunately the GMOA is now swamped with 3rd class medical graduates with small brains.


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