Compelled to take major TU action: GMOA

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The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today said it was reluctantly compelled to go in for a major trade union action next week as the government had failed to offer a reasonable solution to the SAITM issue.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that they had waited nearly two months by giving necessary time to the related authorities to arrive to a decision on the issue.

“The GMOA’s Executive Committee will announce an exact day on Monday for the trade union action,” he said adding that they also wrote to President Maithripala Sirisena on the gravity of the issue.

He said the GMOA discussed the issue with the President at the special committee meeting which has been appointed by him to investigate the matter.

“We did not receive any reasonable solution to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in Malabe during any of these instances. We always wanted to resolve this issue by protecting the patients’ lives during this battle,” he said.

Meanwhile, GMOA Secretary Navin De Zoysa said that the GMOA was still waiting for the President’s intervention on the matter, stressing that they were willing to go for further discussions on the issue if the government would offer them an opportunity. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 47

  • citizen Saturday, 01 April 2017 06:23 AM

    Compelled by whom, this desperation to kill patients to save patient's lives. Or is it to save murderers. Why is GMOA so pressured when the verdict was against SLMC asking to register SAITM MBBS doctors for internship training to become well trained doctors. Good solution

    Kadiya Saturday, 01 April 2017 06:26 AM

    So now who is compelling you to do this- JO?

    wow Saturday, 01 April 2017 06:28 AM

    Any reasonable solution to you and your JVP buddies without closing SAITM ?.

    ajith Saturday, 01 April 2017 06:29 AM

    Do you need SAITM engineering courses close as well or just medicine ?.

    Bigining fr colespe Saturday, 01 April 2017 06:51 AM

    Learn fr weera suraya weera wansa. Mi3 says suraya army allowed by Sooraya and tax payers money.

    Rexy Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:08 AM

    Cruel to win demands over suffering of people is evidence that inhumans treating the humans

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:25 AM

    It can't be that GMOA has not got any valid points vis-à-vis SAITM issue, apart from any other vested interests claimed by the men on other side of the divide.

    AjithZ Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:29 AM

    Please come out with your proposals to resolve this issue without closing the SAITM. Closing it down is not an option. Then, don't you have options other than to strike? Poor innocent people going to suffer and you can't pass the blame or the responsibly to the government and wash your hands off.

    AjithZ Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:29 AM

    Please come out with your proposals to resolve this issue without closing the SAITM. Closing it down is not an option. Then, don't you have options other than to strike? Poor innocent people going to suffer and you can't pass the blame or the responsibly to the government and wash your hands off.

    Shan Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:09 AM

    GMOA is unnecessarily interfering in matters of the country. They have forgotten their oath to serve. Cancel their license.

    Thamara Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:22 AM

    Why dont the government consider cancelling their salaries on the days they go on strike. It was the public who spent money for their medical studies, This GMOA is not a professional organisation. It does more trade union work. It is also funny that the President and the other rascal members of this union are life long members in this trade union. They never change. Any other professional body will allow only two years the most for the executive council.Don't allow these thugs to channel the patients in the afternoons while they go on strike. These thugs are a curse to the country and more to their old parents if they have any!!

    Dr. Thomas Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:24 AM

    These characters entered the Universities on the Z score selection & are talking big . The Government should ban the GMOA as they are a menace to the society. via DM Android App

    Vernon Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:27 AM

    Does GMOA has the right to take trade union action? They can take trade union action only if it affects the Government Medical officers regarding their employment, like salary, working conditions, promotions, facilities etc. SAITM is not affecting any of these to my knowledge.

    Ranjitdea Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:36 AM

    What do you mean reasonable solution? GMOA has only one selfish solution. Close down SAITM.

    Mohanf1986 Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:54 AM

    GMOA is trade union which is always look after its members right. We cannot belive that the GMOA mafia is protecting the patients’ lives in Sri Lanka. If you look at the history of GMOA, they killed many patients in their trade union actions. Government officer do other job are illegal. Actually, government hospital doctors also do not have legal right do private practice.

    Dr Shame Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:00 AM

    SAITM issue is hearing at supreme court now. GMOA has no right to take trade union action on that issue. Doctors should obay the law of the country. The court will protect the patients’ rights. GMOA is a trade union.

    TJ Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:09 AM

    If you take law into your hands, then nothing can stop people from taking law into their hands. you have have sworn to serve the public in exchange for the free education you all had at our cost.if you fail to honour your commitments, a direct confrontation with the public can not be avoided.

    BE FAIR Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:11 AM

    GMOA: Happy Vacation

    Citizen Perera Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:26 AM

    This is the only country in the world where doctors are taking trade union action.These doctors were educated with our money and they do private practice while they are on strike.

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:28 AM

    The actions of the GMOA are terrorism only with other weapons against the innocent population. Use the anti-terror laws. Declare the GMOA as a terrorist organization and bring its leaders behind bars.

    Nick Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:28 AM

    gmoa Im getting fed up with the free educated doctors trying to make rules these guys are simply jealous thats all Jealous & Greedy must put them behind bars via DM Android App

    sunanda jayaratne Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:34 AM

    These stupid doctors bringing dis-reputation to the whole medical profession, because they have ill gotten monies the can send their children abroad, children those who does not or unable entre the local medical school with minimum necessities could attend a private medical school. Government should discuss with SLMC laid down on Private Medical education policies. When did the Doctors dictate educational policies of a country. GMOA has been hijacked by the JVP thugs who tried to ruined the country earlier, If the government has a back bone should Sack the whole GMOA mafia, who want's tax free cars, Colombo schools for their children ect otherwise strike, should get rid of them. They might strike but it is equal to sacking the whole bunch and erasing them from SLMC register for unprofessional conduct.

    Jama Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:54 AM

    These doctors simply jealous of others becoming Doctors and only wants them to privilege. Learn to be happy when others succeed in life. This is a Trademark of Sinhala Buddhist. Wonder if they are really Buddhist ????

    KOLA KOTIYA Saturday, 01 April 2017 10:05 AM


    sisira Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:09 AM

    It is the time now to sign ICTA and get down loads of indian govt hospitals.

    Bala Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:10 AM

    It affects their private practice and power to strike as there will be many good doctors we can go to. That is their main grouse.

    rdf Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:10 AM

    It will affect their PP

    Sofia Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:13 AM

    Yes they are asking for a big bash like in the days of the JVP.

    ceylon Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:29 AM

    heroes for tratorous acts.desroyers of education. via DM Android App

    JAN Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:45 AM

    GMOA jealous of younger SAITM professional generation who more talented than OLD GMOAs getting all PERKS private practices now become Nervous via DM Android App

    suresh Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:13 PM

    Dear GMOA,Reasonable solution to SAITM has been issued by no less than the supreme court of this country. Who are you to question this? If you are not happy file an appeal against the supreme court verdict.GOSl should through a court order ban any further trade union action by this unruly thUgs at GMOA and they should get back to work attending to the patients for which they were given free education funded by us tax payers.

    Sincere Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:23 PM

    Do it. But dont come to Private channel dens!

    Sincere Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:24 PM

    You all are the most unpopular crowd among ordinary people of this country like us today.

    READ Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:40 PM

    If only these morons can read these comments they will understand the mood of we the voters. They need be crushed once and for all. Let the govt approve more private medical colleges and let those who pass out form a new association called PMOA (PRIVATE MEDICAL OFFICERS ASSOCIATION)

    N.Nathan Saturday, 01 April 2017 02:13 PM

    Declare all hospital staff to belong to essential services and ban all strikes by them.Failure to follow no strike rule will lead to confiscation of property.

    B S Perera Saturday, 01 April 2017 02:33 PM

    These actions shows we need a dictator to control these cowards. Who had their tails between legs are now try to hold the whole country to ransom. Is SAITAM issue a major national issue to have protests on a daily basis?

    Sanjeewa Wickramage Saturday, 01 April 2017 03:09 PM

    The GMOA is a political outfit. They should be taught a lesson by the people of this country1. Identify each striking Doctor2. Publish their names in public media3. Boycott all of them by patients as well as civil society this should start from the area they live in and all services to these so called doctors should be stopped4. Boycott not only them but their immediate family as wellThe society should take strong action against these idiots who think they are the only people who should live.

    Patient Saturday, 01 April 2017 05:45 PM

    GMOA should know that the public is against you guys and not against SAITM. Very soon the people will rise against you.

    Avisenna Saturday, 01 April 2017 06:03 PM

    Private Practice Monopoly consolidated ERPM Mafia Foreign Med. school Agents hard at work. To hell with Patient Care. licence to kill in Private Practice. via DM Android App

    senior citizen Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:31 PM

    I can tell one thing. You Governing murder Organization association is no more in our peoples hearts. You did very pathetic thing as retired doctors we lost the respect of the common people as doctors.You ruined the image of a doctor. Now people curse you.

    Nimal Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:39 PM

    What does the Assistant secretary means when he says that the GMOA always wanted to protect the patients' lives during this battle? Does he mean that they no longer want to do that by going for major trade union action? These hypocrites earn their riches through the suffering of humanity. They draw their power by holding hapless patient's lives at ransom. They are so imbibed with pride that they think that they are even above the law by not waiting till the supreme court gives a ruling on the issue. By their trade union action they become guilty of crimes against humanity, manslaughter and contempt of court. Therefore, the government must have the courage to declare their trade union action illegal even it takes to declaring a state of emergency and break their back once and for all and free this country from this bunch of terrorists.

    Don Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:40 PM

    Reasonable solution is already given by the verdict of Courts.Are you organizing KDU doctors and other health personal to join you in the strike? You can beg doctors attached to all the Private Hospitals also join you to run a long term strike, isn't it GMOA?

    senior citizen Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:42 PM

    Remember this time people will not tolerate. Did you see how people reacted the MLT strike. We are also waiting for your strike. Are you going to say people were badly affected and strike is succesful....?

    rew Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:37 PM

    Stay permanently on strike

    Rexy Sunday, 02 April 2017 06:45 AM

    GMOA is not the ruling authority in the country it is the most ruthless entity serving the human needs

    DR.NO Friday, 31 March 2017 10:01 PM


    Bala Friday, 31 March 2017 10:34 PM

    What hypocrisy. Why should govt act till court verdict on appeal of SLMC also known as GMOA Old Boys Club.

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