GMOA strike for telephone allowance

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Government doctors in all provincial hospitals in the Colombo District are on a token strike today owing to the failure of the government to provide a telephone allowances to the doctors.

The Homagama, Avissawella, Mulleriyawa and Angoda base hospitals are on strike. In addition to that nine divisional hospitals, 26 primary care units and 12 MOH offices are also on strike.

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said that a treasury circular was issued in July 2010 according to which consultants and administrators are entitled to a Rs.12,000 telephone allowance while grade medical officers are entitled to a telephone allowance of Rs.6,000.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Nalin Ariyarathne said many doctors in a number of provinces have not received the allowance.

Meanwhile the GMOA recently held discussions with President Rajapaksa requesting to increase the Disturbance, Availability and Transport (DAT) allowance from Rs.12,500 to Rs.30,000. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • Ranjitdea Wednesday, 01 February 2012 02:11 AM

    Next strike - for food allowance. After all doctors need good nutrition to be fit to treat patients

    Appu Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:13 AM

    Must be for prescribing medicine over tha phone- he he!

    Lanka Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:10 AM

    These educated doctors are behaving like kids. They need to grow up !

    Jeewan the Happy Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:20 AM

    Its good to give allowances, but these Doctors are never going to be a set of flexible people, these people are provided a telephone allowance for contactable perpose
    How many doctors are doing Private practices during their on call time, How difficult for Nurse or ward in charge HO to bring down a MO from bed at night?
    How many Doctors are acting irresponsibly taxing innocent patients by becoming good friends of their so called Medical reps? Doctors are the worst set of govt employees who always thinks about their pocket and not the service they are required to provide, ( not all Drs at least good 80%)

    Saman Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:20 AM

    Credibility of Doctors then and Now is big Different

    sltk2004 Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:23 AM

    If a circular is already there, it is the fault of the government if it had not made the necessary payment. But as professionals, the doctors should have taken some legal action without resorting to industrial action.

    also it is questionable whether an allowance of a high value as much as Rs. 30,000 can be justified. A better alternative is for the telephone bill to be settled. Or give some special mobile phone package for doctors.

    j Tuesday, 31 January 2012 08:02 AM

    Comparatively their salary are very low and poor working condition.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 31 January 2012 08:12 AM

    Grown up doctors - or cry babies?

    j Tuesday, 31 January 2012 08:16 AM

    If they out of Private practice how we, people like us who have been working in private sector with less off hours taken to our kids any illness, is it able to go to government hospital and come with in back 1 or 2 hours with proper treatment.

    Lal Medawatte Tuesday, 31 January 2012 08:32 AM

    In a country where all corrupt, uneducated, useless politicians get all sorts of perks why not doctors get reasonable benefits for the service they rendered. Providing these benefits no doubt will help them to carry out their noble service efficiently and effectively.

    Wara Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:22 AM

    Then how about other professions ? Actually doctors are getting most of the privileges as so called politicians get. But what about Engineers ? At first place they don't provided a job with the exit of the university, no permits, no channeling, no 4 HOURS work time an lot more.( This not relevant for few good doctors)

    Wara Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:32 AM

    Oh, poor doctors, they should be given something like DOLE in some other countries !!

    ind Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:34 AM

    Rs. 30,0000.00 for a telephone bill only !!! Then how about other expenses ???


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