The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today said they would launch a countrywide work stoppage next week, if the authorities concerned do not provide them with reasonable solutions to issues faced by them, during coming days.
GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that their central committee, that met today, had vested its executive committee with the powers to decide on a date to launch the work stoppage after considering the response of President Maithripala Sirisena and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne to their demands.
He said the GMOA had nearly ten demands that needed to be resolved which include issues related to the delay in increasing the disturbance, availability and transport (DAT) allowance paid to medical officers.
“Our other demands are; the government should issue a gazette notification on minimum standards of medical education already approved by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and actions should be taken to solve the issues with regard to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka and Singapore,” he said.
“Amendments should be made to the Inland Revenue (IR) Act, which is detrimental to professionals. There are many issues that remain unresolved particularly with regard to the schooling of doctors’ children and the Education Ministry headed by Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam,” he added.
He said the GMOA had informed the authorities concerned, including President Sirisena, about these issues on several occasions and added that they would wait for another two to three days for a positive response from the authorities with regards to their demands before deciding on their next course of action. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
Sam Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:52
It is no longer an inconvenience when you strike. Let's face it you are on strike more than you are working. You will still work at your private practice when striking and even if we do manage to catch you at a government hospital you ask us to come to your private clinic anyway. You really are the worst kind of people. All doctors should have a Buddhism module to sit when they qualify, it may make them understand greed and compassion.
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Wise Donkey Friday, 20 July 2018 08:07
General public has already lost its trust in you heartless doctors. Go to hell!
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C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:57
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Wise Donkey Friday, 20 July 2018 08:03
Go ahead with the only pastime you know despite the hardship the poor patients have to undergo. Your are a disgraceful lot and be ashamed of yourself.
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Cobra Friday, 20 July 2018 08:11
...because strikes by the GMOA are the common cold!
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suren Friday, 20 July 2018 08:35
what do you have to do with FTA
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sobers Friday, 20 July 2018 08:48
The present GMOA is the most disgraceful lot in the history of Sri Lanka. They got free education in return demand more and more privileges. It is mainly the down trodden who enter medical profession, who want to make muti millions. They have an inferiority complex, trying to interfere in all other professions. remember, Research scientists, Management specialists, Economists, Technical specialists.... are to are well recognised. Prescribing drugs researched by top scientists are far much more important. Do not forget your past or be disrespectful.
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PC Friday, 20 July 2018 09:15
It is the fault of the government for not been prepared for strikes by this lot. Since it is very regular and over nothing most often, the government should have a strategy in place. Very poor management!
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Kapila Friday, 20 July 2018 09:48
Hi time they looked into canceling the medical license of doctors on strike.
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concerned Friday, 20 July 2018 09:55
do not strike quit your jobs and leave the this country please because every time you strike poor patients are cursing you and your generations before and after you so please do not bring curses on your ancestors and future generations
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Anthony Friday, 20 July 2018 10:33
Shame on you so called Doctors. Why not join your caliber colleagues in the Parliament,anyway it will be a uphill task to enter through vote,as you won't be voted, but there are garbage collectors who can help you through the back door. G. R. O. B. R.
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upi Friday, 20 July 2018 12:11
Why did you not strike during M.R Govt.He would have sent the lot of you to hell
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Tin tin Friday, 20 July 2018 19:16
At the current rate of strikes faced by this country.Want be suprised if a new minister is appointed.Ministry of strike management.
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Dee Saturday, 21 July 2018 08:49
Why can't this govt get down some proper doctors from India (Singaporean will never come) and send these useless free educated Jokers home?
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Channa Saturday, 21 July 2018 15:11
General public won't realise the sacrifice you do , best thing is to leave the country and their beloved politicians will look after them
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