SAITM controversy: GMOA tells PM to prove pledges through action

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The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today urged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to prove the government’s attempt to solve the issues regarding the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) controversy through actions and not by talk.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that even though they had made many attempts to discuss these issues with President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prime Minister and several ministers, those discussions turned futile due to the intervention of an invisible force.

“We have called off our recent strike following a discussion held with Law and Order Minister Sagala Rathnayaka and he had assured us of releasing the university students who were arrested on baseless charges. Those students were to be released yesterday but it has been disrupted due to the absence of the Attorney General in courts,” he said.

He said there was no use of carrying out discussions and arriving at conclusions in such a manner and added that it could be considered as a huge issue. He also said therefore the Executive Committee of the GMOA had decided not to take part in any discussions in formation of minimum standards to medical education.

He said even though the Prime Minister had advised his secretary to conduct immediate necessities to standardize the medical education, the other related authorities including legal institutes were not in support to carry on it.

“The government should reveal this invisible force behind these incidents, whose intervention which has caused contradictions of the agreements arrived by the government and us. We would not take apart in any discussion until the government reveals this force that was sabotaging these proceedings,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

 

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  • dayan Friday, 28 July 2017 12:10 PM

    These fellows are like leaches, always trying to create opportunities to strike work against innocent people and with intention to topple the government . But in future they will learn a good lesson from masses.

    Dee Friday, 28 July 2017 01:51 PM

    Wish there would be a repetition of kolonnawa/sapugaskanda the next time you guys strike. We are watching.

    Bala Friday, 28 July 2017 02:40 PM

    What or who is the invisible force behind the GMOA. Reveal that first. That is the force that pushes you nincompoops to sabotage and disrupt civilian life and harass poor patients.

    henry Friday, 28 July 2017 03:21 PM

    no body cares about you.do not strike you may loose your job or the pubic will teach you a lesson like the CPC episode.The army can run the hospitals via DM Android App

    Don Saturday, 29 July 2017 08:42 AM

    GMOA, now you lost the SAITM game, because you held on to wings of notorious JVP and JO. Now you could start giving membership to all the doctors at Neville Fernando hospital as it belongs to government and let them join you to go on strike action that you are only good and famous at, as a trade union.

    dhan Sunday, 30 July 2017 11:06 AM

    Believe ,you are not strong enough to carry out this struggle.so relax for while and let medical faculties to start teaching,this is sin, you use medical student as cannon fodder,you talk big but manage to maintain time to run your PP.students waist there life. To win this ,you all unions should have to come as one front and challenge the government,it will happen, until then medical students should start their studies, Medical students give your LIKE to this comment, if you think I am reasonable.


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