GMOA vows to take legal action

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The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) Central Working Committee which met recently has unanimously decided to take legal action if the Higher Education Ministry did not oblige to the demands of the union to shut down the private medical university in Malabe.

GMOA Spokesman Dr. Upul Gunasekara said the union would send a letter of demand to Higher Education Minister S.B Dissanayake this week and may choose to take legal action depending on the response.

“We have received an approval to go ahead with the legal process. But we will wait for a response from the ministry,” Dr. Gunasekara said.

He said the union had decided on two courses of action. If the ministry chooses to dissolve the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the GMOA will resort to islandwide trade union action without prior notice. “According to the Medical Ordinance doctors cannot practice without having registered with the SLMC. Therefore our licence to practise medicine will be annulled automatically if the SLMC is dissolved,” he said.

He also said if the Health Ministry permitted the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to use any hospital in the country as proposed recently, the GMOA would go on an all island protest. “Hospitals are run on people’s taxes. We cannot allow a private institution of this nature to use public resources,” he said. (By Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • roshan Wednesday, 28 September 2011 09:14 AM

    this is not happening anywhere in world. don't think MBBS with other degrees. doctors deal with lives.

    peace Wednesday, 28 September 2011 04:45 AM

    GMOA gettnig salary by public tax and they are striking???? is it not wasting public tax??

    sandra Wednesday, 28 September 2011 04:46 AM

    I think this demand to shut down the Malabe Medical Uni is very unfair. What is it were you who was studying in that Uni how would you feel ?

    Kumar Wednesday, 28 September 2011 04:46 AM

    If Doctors who studied using public money (tax) are doing private practices, why private medical students can not use public hospital to learn to become a doctors at government hospital

    citizen Wednesday, 28 September 2011 05:34 AM

    For a better and quality service we must encourage "Private" institutions in our country.

    Roshan Wednesday, 28 September 2011 06:13 AM

    Hon. Minister, you are the only one who can solve this longstanding Private Medical College problem , earlier Ministers all failed against the Monopoly GMOA.

    patient Wednesday, 28 September 2011 06:30 AM

    Dear members of the GMOA don't be like "Frock in the Well".
    Just open your eyes and see the world.

    francis Wednesday, 28 September 2011 06:45 AM

    Private medical college will not be shut down, You expect the committee to recommend shutting down of the PMCs otherwise you will strike, do not be mad


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