Health services at standstill for second day

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Healthcare services countrywide came to standstill today as a result of the work stoppage by the members of the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) over the SAITM issue.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Nalinda Herath told a news conference that they would not day their trade union action was until the government accedes to their demands on the SAITM issue.

“This strike will only be successful when we win this battle. Minister Rajitha Senaratne has said the government will take tough action against the striking doctors. We will be forced to toughen our stance if he does so,” he said.

Dr. Herath rejected allegations made by the minister that the doctors would be held responsible if anything untoward happens in the fight against dengue and said government doctors would continue treating dengue patients considering it as an emergency situation.

Meanwhile, GMOA Media Spokesman Samantha Ananda said the final phase of the battle against SAITM has now arrived and that the government should resolve this matter without further delay.

He said they had made five suggestions which the government could easily implement in resolving this matter.

“According to their suggestions, the Health Minister should gazette the minimum standards of medical education and the Higher Education Minister should inform the courts that SAITM does not have the compliance certificate given by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC). The government should stop SAITM from enrolling new students,” Dr. Ananda said.

However, the GMOA said yesterday it would continue the countrywide strike until the government addressed their demands on SAITM. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

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  • Dr. Goonatillake Friday, 23 June 2017 08:34 PM

    Why has not the Government arrested the GMOA Ex-Co for violating the fundamental rights of the patients by executing strikes via DM Android App

    Raz Friday, 23 June 2017 09:01 PM

    There was a time the doctors were a respected lot professional. Now that is finished as they are hated lot . They are killers not life savers anymore via DM Android App

    kondaya77 Friday, 23 June 2017 09:21 PM

    What a weak Government !Nobody cares about the sick and infirm. Do we need doctors?

    vithura Friday, 23 June 2017 09:42 PM

    The govt. must declare Health service as an essential service with no further delay and those who continue to strike after such declaration should be made to forfeit their right to any post retirement benefits and any salary increments.

    Kapila Friday, 23 June 2017 09:44 PM

    Soon, GMOA people will be sitting in prez house and temple trees, running the country.

    Godsaid Saturday, 24 June 2017 10:49 AM

    If the GMOA continue the strike ,it is a pathetic situation,but what to do the public will get used to ignore State Hospitals and medicine purchase will be reduced and the Private sector Government can supply medicine 75% less of the normal priceto Private Hospitals and the charges too can be reasonable for the public. The Universities too reduce theintake of Medical Students,the private practice will getmore attention.If GMOA is really interested the poor masses in serving,then they can give ONE year time to bring therequired standard of SAITAM.This is not a crime.

    TONY Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:24 AM

    BUT PRIVATE PRACTICE AS USUAL BY THESE STRIKING DOCS

    John Saturday, 24 June 2017 12:17 PM

    ....they are already!


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