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Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today warned it would resort to trade union action sometime next week if its demands with regard to the budget proposals were not addressed.

GMOA Secretary Navin De Zoysa said during a special central committee meeting held today, the executive committee was vested with powers to take a decision on any action it deemed necessary.

He said the 2017 budget presented by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was the most unfortunate budget presented in the country's history.

Dr. Zoysa said the proposals to abolish the pension scheme for the new recruits to the State sector, discouraging professionals from remaining in the country, violating fundamental health policies, taking initial steps to privatize the health service and exposing the domestic job market to foreigners would have a negative impact on the State sector and the country.

He said it was also proposed that the Ceylon Tobacco Company should contribute to the presidential fund in violation of the Tobacco Convention of the World Health Organization.

Dr. Zoysa said initial steps have been taken to privatize the health sector by proposing private surgeries, laboratory services in government hospitals and the issuance of a bill to the patients showing the cost of the service.

He said the GMOA had taken steps to bring this to the notice of the President and the authorities concerned. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Roman Friday, 25 November 2016 08:47 AM

    GMOA members are not considered as doctors but hypocrites!

    Labby Thursday, 24 November 2016 06:08 PM

    Go to hell !!

    Rupa Thursday, 24 November 2016 06:41 PM

    It is so unfortunate that government take decisions without making proper consultations with experts and professionals leading to strikes and protests. Doctors to bus owners etc are going on protests and then the government backtracks setting an unwanted precedence. This is not good for any government to set developmental goals for the country. As good citizens we do hope even at this late stage authorities will discuss with all professions before taking such decisions.

    Lokka Thursday, 24 November 2016 06:46 PM

    GMOA opposes private surgeries in government hospitals because govt. hospitals wont pay commissions and also the charges are reasonable.

    BV Friday, 25 November 2016 09:28 AM

    WHY NOT CONTEST THE NEXT ELECTION AND GET YOUR SELF ELECTED TO RULE THIS COUNTRY.THESE IDIOTS THINK THEY HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO RULE THIS COUNTRY. via DM Android App

    Madiya Thursday, 24 November 2016 06:54 PM

    What Sri Lanka needs is a private health sector with a state backed insurance scheme. Then the government of Sri Lanka can not be blackmailed at the drop of a pin.

    Justicia Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:10 PM

    If doctors are professionals, they are professional money minters. They are a disgrace to the free education system as they have had education from kindergartens through universities at tax-payers expense. They are also a disgrace to the oath they are suppose to have taken, namely the Hippocratic oath.

    Goffy Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:11 PM

    1.Treatment at government hospital but health budget allocated for insuranceJoke via DM Android App

    Goffy Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:12 PM

    Please read BUDGET PROPOSALbefore find any fault with GMOA via DM Android App

    Kadiya Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:28 PM

    The new pariah of Sri Lanka!!!!

    das Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:45 PM

    The poor old crybaby doctors are upset again. Patients book your tickets to the afterlife.

    hello Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:56 PM

    Professionals? Gohede? A bunch of black mailors !

    jolly bird Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:19 PM

    FIRST OF ALL THE GOVT. SHOULD REDUCED THE EXORBITTEN CONSULTATION FEE OF DOCTORS AND THEN ONLY THE GMOA THEIR DEMAND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. via DM Android App

    Gamarala Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:47 PM

    This guy is always threatens for every little thing. Some action should be taken

    Chux Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:48 PM

    If you all are so patriotic how many of you all are paying taxes. Disgrace so called professionals

    Sathutuda Friday, 25 November 2016 10:10 AM

    Hypocrites and money minting machines. Income Tax Department please take note.

    Patient Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:04 PM

    Those days it was the harbour workers. Now taken over by doctors and bus and 3wheel drivers via DM Android App

    Sim Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:10 PM

    Do the doctors pay tax from their income?

    kk Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:44 PM

    men of my3..never strike. via DM Android App

    Rupa Friday, 25 November 2016 07:49 AM

    Yes if the docs protest then most of us will go to hell some to heaven and the politicians to Singapore from public funds. Think about it pls!


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