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GMOA claims strike a success

21 September 2017 07:47 pm - 43     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Healthcare and education services countrywide were disrupted today because of the 24-hour strike launched by several trade unions against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in Malabe.

Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told a media briefing that government doctors including ayurvedic doctors, dental and veterinary surgeons stopped work from 8.00 a.m. today and would continue the work stoppage till 8.00 a.m. tomorrow.

“We have successfully launched the 24-hour strike today in hospitals countrywide. The main motive behind these strikes is to get a permanent and reasonable solution to the SAITM issue,” he added.

However, he said emergency treatment at all the hospitals was carried out uninterrupted.

Meanwhile, Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin told the Daily Mirror that about 60 per cent of teachers at state schools kept away by applying sick leave.

“The strike action against the SAITM launched by twelve unions attached to education sector was a success. Around 70 per cent of teachers from remote areas and 50 per cent of teachers from urban areas have applied for sick leave today,” he added.

He said they had launched this strike in protest of SAITM as well as against the privatization of the education in the country.

However, speaking to the Daily Mirror, Education Ministry Media Secretary Kalpa Gunaratne said there was no effect on the educational activities at schools today though several teachers’ union had claimed that they were on sick leave.

Meanwhile, thousands of patients who called over today at government hospitals in several areas including Matale, Polonnaruwa , Anuradhapura, Kandy, Monaragala and almost all hospitals in the Nuwara Eliya district seeking treatment returned in disappointment due to the strike against the SAITM.

The patients who sought OPD treatments and those expected to attend clinics scheduled for today were the worst affected.

Secretary of the GMOA Polonnaruwa branch Dr. G.D.P Bandara said the strike in the Polonnaruwa district was a success. He said more than 5,000 patients who were scheduled to attend clinics and those who sought OPD treatments at the Polonnaruwa hospital had to go back in disappointment. He said more than 350 doctors in the district had joined the strike.

Patients who called over at the Anuradhapura district from remote areas early today were waiting at the hospital for long hours until the time of buses to return. Hundreds of disabled patients were among them. Several others were waiting at the hospital in the hope of the doctors calling off the strike and returning to work in the afternoon.

Deputy Director of the hospital Dr. Dulan Amaraweera said the patients in the OPD were the worst affected. He said the treatment of in-house patients, urgent surgical operations, treatment of cancer, and kidney patients were going on uninterrupted. Similar reports had been received from other areas as well. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

(Additional reporting by K.G.Karunaratne, M.W.Somaratne, Atula Bandara, L.B.Senaratne, Sumanasiri Gunatilleka and Sudath Hewa and Kusal Chamath)

  Comments - 43

  • snowy Thursday, 21 September 2017 08:18 PM

    What is the yard stuck for measuring the success of the strike? No of deaths? The people at "White Rice Heap" gave a good answer a few days ago. Your turn will be next.

    BUSHEL Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:03 PM

    the yard stick is number of days government can suvive

    city Thursday, 21 September 2017 08:39 PM

    Dan Sathtudaaaaaaa

    Dayan Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:06 PM

    It is the number of deaths, GMOA undertakers.

    Nanda Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:16 PM

    To say success to actions were accepted by achieving you task, does it happen its not , its failure,this is very retail show,doctors should stop channel practice to undecided time would be some extent can consider as stern action

    Lal Saturday, 23 September 2017 07:28 PM

    Medical students you lost 8 months already,do you want to continue this any further,doctors tried many methods except PP,tell them stop private chanel pratice until government agree to abolish or go to your lessons without make your life gloomy

    Abey Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:17 PM

    Of course it is, judging from what the patients had to say on TV, and how the strike screwd the patients it must have been a success. I only wish the patients find a way to turn back and screw the doctors back

    Retaliation Friday, 22 September 2017 09:13 AM

    Will come soon

    AjithZ Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:36 PM

    You may call it a success. However, all private medical and educational institutions functioned as usual. They know the value of money and the service they provide to people. Have you heard of them striking? Students never I think. This is exactly why we need more private institutions including medical colleges. Thank you for proving to the entire country.

    Eskay Friday, 22 September 2017 07:14 AM

    A real punch on GMOA

    ceylon Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:23 PM

    this animal is very happily anouncing the crimes against the sick people dud by gmoa a successfull victory.lock up this traitor in zoo. via DM Android App

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 22 September 2017 10:49 AM

    Animal is too good a word to use on this piece of feces.

    rew Friday, 22 September 2017 11:08 AM

    Terrorists in the GMOA

    TONY Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:58 PM


    Raj Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:07 PM

    Depriving poor from health care service and getting education for a day is a Success for you? What a pathetic person you are?

    Upul Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:10 PM

    You should be totally embarrassed to come out and say the strike is a success after letting down the patients. What a moron.

    Ram Friday, 22 September 2017 04:46 AM

    Government must appoint these GMOA Idiots as Prison Doctors as then they can get aquianted with the surroundings where they will be spending their time as convicts for Contempt of Court, after the SC decision.

    Rexy Friday, 22 September 2017 05:58 AM

    How inhuman to claim success by letting the people to suffer ironically very people who funded them to become doctors?

    citizem Friday, 22 September 2017 06:11 AM

    Success, yes involving village school teachers, in areas not able to pay private uni. fees ever

    hubert Friday, 22 September 2017 06:37 AM

    GOMA Kalakanni

    NEW CRY Friday, 22 September 2017 07:31 AM

    " well as against the privatization of the education in the country." - This is a new cry ! - Ie also say no more tuition classes please !

    Sofia Friday, 22 September 2017 11:33 AM

    How about abolishing private practice for doctors who received free education but quite happy to collect money from patients in private fee levying hospitals. Total hypocrisy.

    malij Friday, 22 September 2017 08:49 AM

    Nothing but a set of dirty blood sucking parasites. Hope they rot in hell.

    Henry Friday, 22 September 2017 08:58 AM

    even hell will be too good when they die and their souls depart.they are the adolf hitlers of sri lanka.let god unleashed divine retribution on them for these crimes on poor old people and the younger generation of this country via DM Android App

    SCORE Friday, 22 September 2017 09:17 AM

    What doe your score card read - Ho many deaths ? , how many turned away from hospitals ?, How much did you spend to induce others to join you ? AND HOW MUCH DID YOU EARN BY PRIVATE PRACTICE BY FLEECING THESE PATIENTS (as you would have more spare time) ?

    GHA Friday, 22 September 2017 10:01 AM

    What success you have, you killed innocent poor people everyday by strike, is this call success? the matter is you strike and earn more money than you work at the government hospital when you do privet practice. when you die you will fall direct to hell fire.

    AP Friday, 22 September 2017 10:46 AM

    Success??? GMOA comment really sounds like GOMA!!!

    Freddy Yong Friday, 22 September 2017 10:53 AM

    Every time I see this face in the media, I want to throw up all over him - a pile of rotting dog shit that he is.

    Dr.NO. Friday, 22 September 2017 10:52 AM


    nishan Friday, 22 September 2017 11:31 AM

    How low have we sunk as a society, where success is measured in the suffering of the masses. All holding qualifications paid for at the tax payers expense. The people should boycott these doctors.

    ALEX Friday, 22 September 2017 12:51 PM

    ලෙඩවුණු මිනිසුන් මරාගෙන තමන්ගේ උවමනාවන් පමණක් ඉටුකරගන්න යන මේ මිනීමරු දොස්තර යයි කියා ගන්න එවුන් සමග වැඩ වර්ජනයට සහාය දෙන මීහරක් වැනි ගුරුවරුන් කල්පනා කරන්න ඕන උන් හෝ උන්ගේ දෙමාපිය දු දරුවන් වර්ජනය අවස්ථාවකදී ලෙඩ උනාම මේ කාලකන්නි ටික ඒ අයට ප්‍රතිකාර කලයිද කියල.

    Dinosaur Friday, 22 September 2017 01:04 PM

    Isn't this crime against humanity? deliberately endangering lives of poor patients. Any way rich people will go to private hospitals. Seems GMOA has got a contract from funeral undertakers and private hospitals.

    nimal Friday, 22 September 2017 01:05 PM

    These creatures who call themselves "doctors" earn their fortunes through the suffering of sick people; claim success by inflicting suffering on hapless patients. These creatures can't be humans. They are some sort of genetically modified organisms. That is why their organization is aptly called the GMOA - "Genetically Modified Organisms Association"!

    citizen Friday, 22 September 2017 01:13 PM

    Success is a paid holiday from govt.Success is extra time for private practiceSuccess is funding by politicos and job agenciesSuccess is killing poor to have less free patients to treatSuccess is stop those willing to pay for their educationSuccess is jealousy, hatred, malicious, insane minds

    polkichcha Friday, 22 September 2017 01:21 PM

    What do you mean by "success"? Your clamor is to cancel SAITM. Is it cancelled after your idiotic strike? There is no difference between GMOA and trade unions of laborers.Use your brain, rather than attempting to become cardboard heroes.

    A. Pradeep Friday, 22 September 2017 04:40 PM

    Shameless and callous fellow caning himself a doctor.

    Sambo Friday, 22 September 2017 06:43 PM

    Strike a success = Poor Public were penalized.

    Dracula Friday, 22 September 2017 09:27 PM

    Find that double-crosser Carlo Fonseka who inflated this SAITM problem and teach him a lesson before he kicks the bucket.

    Rosanna Saturday, 23 September 2017 12:02 PM

    Absolutely laughable that the teachers are on strike against private education. Almost every one of them avoids teaching in school so that they can get the students to pay them for private tuition after school.

    Ranjith Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:06 PM

    My son and the brother are doctors. These comments clearly shows how the public image ruined of all of them collectively as a result of this jealousy and politically motivated act by GMOA.

    roger Halliday Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:27 PM

    i would like the readers of this paper to listen to vlog on this issue.the presenter of this drew attention to the private practice of these doctors and i think he did not come up with the facts on their income per day. specialist doctors are so busy doing private practice and they make a minimum of Rs !00000.00 in one hospital just in about 4 hrs.Mr minister please tell the public if they pay tax on these and if not get them to pay. my suggestion is stop this PP.and see that they do the 45Hrs work per week like the private sector.l

    weera Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:36 PM

    Many poor patients suffered. Great success!!!!!

    Ashoka Saturday, 23 September 2017 04:18 PM

    Medical mafia was successful in one way. They managed to stop the new doctors coming in to practice in health sector at least for one year by stopping students in attending lectures. No big competition for private practice. Poor students got in to the trap.

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