GMOA to launch strike action from Monday

17 August 2019 10:18 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has decided to launch an island-wide strike from Monday, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said.

Addressing the media, he said they would launch the strike action on any day of the week starting from Monday (19) and added the date would be announced on Monday.

“The strike will be staged with regard to several issues, mainly over the failure to legalise the minimum standards of medical education and amending of the service minute for doctors,” Dr Aluthge said.

“Although the authorities have continually been informed of the problems in the health sector, they have turned a blind eye to the issues and thus the GMOA has decided to definitely launch a strike next week,” he added.

Dr. Aluthge said the GMOA had also decided to make the public aware of the islandwide strike action using banners and leaflets, in all hospitals islandwide.

He said the failure to enforce the minimum standards of medical education had resulted in a serious situation where unqualified medical officers without the necessary qualifications had been given the opportunity to practice.

“This is why the authorities should take prompt action to legalise the minimum standards of medical education,” he said.

The decision to launch a strike was taken at a meeting of the Government Medical Association Executive Committee held on Thursday (15). (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 5

  • Mithula Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:32 PM

    Those who practice in the Medical Profession need to be compassionate towards patients.In this Sinhala Buddhist country the way these doctors act is pathetic.May they burn in hell for what they are doing to the general public.

    Samson Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:22 PM

    It is unfortunate that the sick can't strike so that you have no private practice.

    Dr Zainab Ozeer Saturday, 17 August 2019 07:10 PM

    Not again GMOA! In my time it was for duty free cars for doctors and the wages. Now it’s for unqualified doctors! Are they the overseas trained doctors? Yes they must do the ACT 16 examination and pass it for registration with the Medical council. Can’t the Government legislate to prohibit these doctors from practicing until they pass the local exams ? The public are at risk when you strike!!

    Dayan Saturday, 17 August 2019 07:47 PM

    Only poor people will be affected in this action. Doctors are the most privileges fellows after politicians. So they have a responsibility to look after poor who have spend for their education. People will not tolerate strike action of them.

    Curious Saturday, 17 August 2019 08:07 PM

    GOMA for Goat?

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