In a new twist the GMOA which had been previously highly critical of Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, today lauded him saying the minister had committed himself towards granting their demands.
It said the Health Secretary Janaka Sugathadasa was told by the minister to approve all their demands.
The health authorities had agreed to grant nine of their demands including the release of annual duty free permits to the medical officers without any restriction.
GMOA Secretary Aluthge said the minister had permitted the revision of recent amendments to promotions and curtailed allowances to medical officers made by the Ministry. The curtailed mobile phone allowance of Rs.4,000 was also reinstated.
He said the demands would be sent to the National Salaries and Cadre Commission immediately with the minister directing that they be implemented as soon as possible.
Dr. Aluthge said that the minister had also accepted the GMOA’s stance on SAITM.
Meanwhile GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen de Soysa said the union had not made a deal with the minister in the process of achieving their demands and that GMOA President Anuruddha Padeniya did not have any intention to enter politics.
He said the GMOA always tried to avoid taking strike action to achieve their demands and would do so in the future if the minister continues to have a positive attitude towards the association.
Dr. Soysa warned that government servants should avoid clashing with a powerful association like the GMOA and the Health Secretary who earlier held a position in the Tourism Ministry should never attempt to play with patients' lives. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Money talks and talks big. Seriously brings into question the credibility of these people, especially on the SAITTM issue!Jeez, what cheap peoplecwe have!
kalana Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:51 PM
What's the difference between GMOA and LTTE?both r same!!!
ralahami Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:28 PM
SAITM issue At present there are There is no issue. GMOA wants to keep a supply of Doctors low to keep the competition low hence strikes. If government given them car permits, best schools for their children, increase allowances they would not strike. JVP supports these money grabbing capitalist saying they are for poor people. If Dr 's are well educated and provide good health care, people from other countries would come to SL for treatment bring much-needed revenue to the country. People who are afraid are incompetent useless not competent and well educated. Anyone who is incompetent would like to have their profession limited to SL for the fear of competition and loss of their income. I find GMOA as a bunch of Bxxxxds
Indi Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:30 PM
You are the evil people who play with peoples lives by striking for every little thing
Sripali Saturday, 03 February 2018 03:35 PM
Because of these idiots how many innocent patients were suffering. Yes there is no different between LTTE and these dosthara mudalalies
Bala Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:37 PM
So very sad when vultures have their day. After getting so much money through private practice, they need Rs.4000 for telephones. Imagine how much a poor family can do with Rs.4000.
Brainmaster Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:19 PM
Now we have the proove. These doctors are only out for robbing. Its WRONG to give them annual duty free permits to import cars. Its wrong wrong wrong. They must pay the import tax thats a need for our economy. via DM Android App
Ram Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:59 AM
Annual duty free permit is ridiculous. These Politicians play with public money as if it is their own. Medical officers are public servants educated at public cost. Why should the have perks over other public servants. I think these things happen in 5 star democrarcies like Sri Lanka
Ras Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:18 AM
did you study with your own money? They are only few who made use of free education doctors. If the government does not want to give these allowances or facilities, government can pay a good salary to people who made use of free education to become doctors, engineers, accountants who work in the public sector. As you all forget, there is more than 80% graduates who come out from government universities work in the private sector. Then people can say that they are doing nothing to the general public. Also no one will like to work while they are underpaid at any circumstances.
Saranga Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:35 PM
These are only given in SLPathetic permits create differences amongst citizens
Lanki Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:43 AM
There are negative impact the civilians have to face as they have to give duty free cars to the doctors who have become political animals. GMOA has become so powerful as President Sirisena bends over backwards to agree to GMOA demands. Cars duty free every year? Wow!
Sripali Saturday, 03 February 2018 03:58 PM
Don't worry, they can make another business -selling duty free cars
Upul Arunajith Wednesday, 31 January 2018 05:06 AM
Wow....whrn ever toddlers want something they scream becoming an annoyance to the mother. By the same token GMOA now resort to strikes until the policy mskers give in. Damn good for the doctirs who jad free education and now hold the country to a ransome.Whst a shame Rajitha?.
Asan Wednesday, 31 January 2018 05:27 AM
How come only selected section of the population gets these benefits such as duty free vehicles and etc? This law should be totally abolished.
Publis Wednesday, 31 January 2018 06:03 AM
The health secretary should not play with patients lives?? Is that so? In that case what have you being doing all this time? You have one god money. You worship it so much that you do not want to share with anyone out side of you own clan hence the SAITM issue.
citizen Wednesday, 31 January 2018 06:17 AM
If GMOA and Health Minister are agreed on SAITM that no further PMC at the moment, then why any delay to absorb SAITM students to new STATE faculty with hospitals and let them complete and close this chapter with no loss.
Prasanna Gamage Wednesday, 31 January 2018 07:35 AM
what about other intellectuals.. don't they deserve vehicle permits.. don't they deserve phone allowances... there are 100s of them who renders a yeoman service .... why everything only for these so called medical officers with just only basic degrees....
sobers Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:56 AM
A country ruined by Politicians and trade unions! What a shame!
Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 31 January 2018 11:12 AM
Why does a tractor driver who collects garbage for the MC get no duty free allowance for a vehicle and no phone allowance? His work is as important to the community as that of a doctor.
Dr. Hondahitha Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:11 PM
Yes, the GMOA is powerful because it strikes to kill innocent patients and the government has no alternatives other than meeting their demands. End of the day it is public tax money taken by a bunch of idiots depriving a fair share to all other government servants.
amila Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:38 PM
Rajitha Slightly Kick Them Out.
amila Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:43 PM
Meditation Thursday, 01 February 2018 10:47 AM
Well done Hon.Health Minister,gave the full treatment for the Sick GMOA,and made them healthy send them back to treat our sick patients.
Robert Siriwardena Friday, 02 February 2018 02:42 PM
GMOA is giving a dead rope to Health Minister. He will gulp it and can see the results.
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