GMOA threatens countrywide work stoppage

13 August 2019 09:44 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today warned it would launch a countrywide work stoppage against the failure to legalise the minimum standards of medical education.

GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that this situation had led to a crisis situation where unqualified medical officers without the necessary qualifications had been given the opportunity to practice.

“It has been proved in court that minimum standards of medical education should be legalised. However, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has blocked the procedure to legalise minimum standards for medical education,” Dr. Aluthge said adding that this was because he was keen to help Dr. Neville Fernando's business colleagues to earn money.

He said the Minister wanted to destroy the health sector by means of allowing unqualified medical officers to run the health sector.

“This is a serious situation because it is something to do with the lives of patients. When unqualified medical officers without proper medical knowledge prescribe medicine, they risk the lives of the patients,” Dr. Aluthge said and added that this was why the authorities should take prompt action to legalise the minimum standards of medical education.

When asked when they would launch the work stoppage, Dr. Aluthge said it would be decided at the central committee meeting on Thursday.  (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 4

  • M Azmath Buhar Tuesday, 13 August 2019 09:59 PM

    Onna awa Goda ge kandawuru tika eliyata

    das Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:01 AM

    Let's create a truly free health service. Ban private practice

    SandunW Wednesday, 14 August 2019 03:34 AM

    This is what happens when there is no litigation for medical malpractice! If that was in place, the health minister would be not taking chances with peoples' lives. As usual, this will affect the poor more than the rich who can access the private sector!

    NonResident Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:25 PM

    Where was the GMOA when a dentist and a purported monk wore the garb of a Gynaecologist and made proclamations? Doesn't work stoppages cause risks to patient's lives or is it a GMOA code that poor patients should risk their lives to market GMOA agenda? GMOA members who are bound by the Hippocratic Oath have all turned out to be hypocrites! In any other country these rascals will be paraded and castrated!

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