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The Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) in Malabe, which currently operates under the management of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) will open its Out Patient Department (OPD) to the general public, free of charge tomorrow (May 5) in view of the islandwide strike launched by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), the hospital announced today.

SAITM and NFTH Chairman Dr. Neville Fernando said, “The GMOA strikes are launched against SAITM, supposedly in the interest of the public’s health and well-being, which they claim are at risk because SAITM students do not have enough clinical exposure. Regrettably their strikes are taking place at a time when the nation is facing grave health issues and the general public is in need of all healthcare professionals in the country. It’s nothing short of tragic that the GMOA is holding patients at ransom to pursue selfish personal agendas and political schemes.”

Dr. Fernando reiterates that the NFTH was established in 2012 after SAITM MBBS students were refused access to state hospitals for clinical training by the GMOA. “Then too the GMOA threatened strike action and halted SAITM MBBS students from undergoing clinical training at state hospitals, even after these students were officially directed to the Homagama Base Hospital and Talangama Hospital by the Government.”

He strongly condemned the GMOA’s rejection of the Government stand on SAITM, which aims to standardize medical education in Sri Lanka, subject SATIM students to further clinical training and examinations as per the formalized standards of medical education in Sri Lanka and align the NFTH under the Ministry of Health, the NFTH said in a statement.

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  • Sathutuda Friday, 05 May 2017 09:11 AM

    Well said Doctor. Sidelining has no effect. Ban them totally. They are a MENACE indeed.

    Sathutuda Friday, 05 May 2017 09:14 AM

    Private hospitals please rise up to the noble need. Let GMOA fly a kite.

    Katie Friday, 05 May 2017 10:21 AM

    If they want SAITM closed, then the government should not appoint those going overseas and studying and returning to Sri Lankan looking for government jobs. I am 100% sure most of the GMOA has many of such doctors. Correct me if I am wrong didn't some of such doctors request for Colombo schools for their kids when they returned overseas after their education.

    Dr. Goonatillake Thursday, 04 May 2017 08:58 PM

    THE GMOA does not represent the views of all the Medical officers in the country. The government should ban them or sideline them as they are menace to the society. via DM Android App

    Sena Thursday, 04 May 2017 09:07 PM

    Then the GMOA strike is better than going to this killing house. via DM Android App

    TONY Friday, 05 May 2017 12:04 AM

    GREAT. GMOA DOCS WANT TO DOMINATE THE MEDICAL PROFESSION BY THEIR MOST SELFISH UNETHICAL, AND UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

    Neo Friday, 05 May 2017 12:06 AM

    I suggest once they sit the final examination held by the medical council and if successful no one should object to them practicing in Sri Lanka. via DM Android App

    adsi Friday, 05 May 2017 02:02 AM

    Doc,Please open up a teaching hospital in every district, to serve the masses. GMOA can continue their strike action for ever. Can any media get us some statistics on the death casualities arising from the GMOA's strike action,,,,

    Dushantha Friday, 05 May 2017 02:14 AM

    They have only 2 unions and both are against the SAITM. How can a government sideline them or ban them when all most all doctors in the island participate to the strike ? Please come up with a practical solution to the issue.

    ED Friday, 05 May 2017 03:00 AM

    THIS IS GREAT HUMANITARIAN HELP BY THE NEVILLE FERNANDO HOSPITAL DUE TO THE GMOA (MURDERERS) STRIKE. THIS SAME ACTION SHOULD BE FOLLOWED BY THE OTHER PRIVATE HOSPITALS TOO ( DURDAN'S , NAWALOKE, ASIRI ,HEMAS, ..ETC....) THE SOLIDARITY TOWARDS PATIENTS SHOULD BE DEMONSTRATED TO THE UNETHICAL BEHAVIORAL PATTERN BY THE SO CALLED GMOA REPRENTATIVES


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