National Hospital docs on strike today

20 January 2012 01:15 am - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Some 1,200 doctors attached to the National Hospital will launch a strike today in protest against the recent appointment of two members to the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the government’s failure to provide a special allowance to government doctors.

All doctors will be pulling out of all duties except from emergency services from 8 am today to 8 am tomorrow.

The Government Medical Officers Association National Hospital Spokesman Dr. Shehan Azeez said they were protesting against the appointment of Dr. Shirley Herath and Dr. Rizvy Sherif to the SLMC. “We unanimously decided to protest because these doctors should not be in the SLMC,” Dr. Azeez said.


GMOA officials said the appointments were illegal as it violated provisions of the Sri Lankan Medical Ordinance which states that the Health Minister could only appoint five members to the SLMC. Therefore the two additional appointments were against the law, they said.

Dr. Azeez said doctors had also not received the Disturbance, Availability and Transport (DAT) allowance promised to government doctors by President Mahinda Rajapaksa four years ago.

“We had requested for a DAT allowance of Rs.70,000 but we did not receive it. Instead we were promised Rs.33,000 but eventually received only Rs.15,000,” he said. Doctors expect the balance amount of the requested allowance as other government professionals in other fields enjoyed these benefits, he said.

“During discussions with President Rajapaksa last week we were asked to meet Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundere on the matter, but we have still not received a word from him,” he said. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • gajan99 Friday, 20 January 2012 02:05 AM

    Who cares? all can use private hospitals or doctors.

    Manukulasooriya M Friday, 20 January 2012 02:34 AM

    Sri Lanka money-orinted docotors fighting for DTAllowance of Rs 70,000.Its come to Us$ 680.00 only.Docotors perks are very high
    1 Duty free cars
    2 Channel Pratice
    3 High salary scale
    4 DTAllownace
    5 Various Surgries and operation in privite hospitals.
    6 Commssion from Phamaniticals companies
    7 Scholrships for childen to Docotos form various Durgs dealers.
    These are few of benfits of FREE EDUCATION IN MEDICIAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES HAD BEEN GIVEN GENEROUS TAX PAYERS IN POOR SRI LANKA. FOR RETURN THEY RECIVED MUCH PERKS ARE UNKNOWN.
    Docotor will give return poor tax payers by strikes.

    Sri Lankan Friday, 20 January 2012 02:52 AM

    Why it's only in National hospital...? What about the private hospitals.....?
    Government Medical Officers Association does not care about the poor patient, but they will treat the rich ones.

    Nodrog Friday, 20 January 2012 04:07 AM

    Good example to the Medical students...keep it up!

    RanjithSilva Friday, 20 January 2012 04:09 AM

    Most of our fools eat garbage and get sick thus these 5 Yrs graduate on Medics take such nuts like pick-pocketing.

    Dear guys,pls be Sri Lankas of as ancient style and follw a life according to Dhamm and kick all these Medics to drain.

    My medical bill for last 30+ years is ZERO.

    Any Challenged, Medics?

    Esala Friday, 20 January 2012 04:04 AM

    More free education please.

    chandana perera Friday, 20 January 2012 04:28 AM

    Doctors cant go on strick becouse there is a valied enjoining order against the GMOA untill 21/2/2012 . If they go on strick we will filecontemt of court papers against GMOA. thanks chandana perera attorney at law

    Analysis Friday, 20 January 2012 04:20 AM

    Doctors in Sri Lanka are fast loosing all respect from community. Very sad of their actions!

    AMG Friday, 20 January 2012 05:04 AM

    Nobody strikes where promises are concerned.

    nonis Friday, 20 January 2012 05:25 AM

    Dear doctors! how selfish you r,u just protest for appointing 2 extra people in medical council ,have u ever thought about thousands of poor patients???? it is clear u people r just after money.
    You are the people who enjoys the most in sri lanka:

    saman Friday, 20 January 2012 05:44 AM

    Poor doctors do care of rich patients.This is a propaganda for private practice

    hema Friday, 20 January 2012 06:08 AM

    Not only doctors benifited from free education we can not blame only to them.There are another 19000 people benifited yearly and medical students around 1100..? what about the others !!!!!! are they work efficieantly against to there free education ? vehicle permits not only for doctors other gov staff also get who is in certain salary scales. Not all doctorsdoing the private practtices and work in pvt hospitals ..mosly specialists ...they are not representing the all doctors in sri lanka.Now tax money goes to few businessmens ....

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 20 January 2012 06:20 AM

    Wonder which Oath they had taken: Hippocrates or Hypocrites?

    MP Friday, 20 January 2012 07:17 AM

    Dear Nonis, if YOU know a doctor personally you will know what hardship they go thourgh working at government hospitals. YOU people act as if Doctors are a different species of human beings!!!!

    Wara Friday, 20 January 2012 08:08 AM

    And also, government spending around 2-5 lacks for making a doctor at the university itself.

    Shelton Fernando Friday, 20 January 2012 08:43 AM

    They get everything free until they qualify and pass out and then they live by striking and doing private practise. Have no respect whatsoever for these fellows.

    Man B Friday, 20 January 2012 10:11 AM

    Mirracle of Asia


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