Despite the late-night release of the 21 medical students taken into custody, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said today that it would go ahead with its 4-hour token strike tomorrow.
The medical students were arrested today during a protest held in Colombo against the SAITM in Malabe.
Following the arrest of the students, the trade union issued a statement announcing that it would launch a strike from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon tomorrow demanding the release of the students.
However, the arrested students were released by Colombo Additional Magistrate Jeyaram Trotsky late today on two sureties of Rs.200,000 each.
When contacted and asked whether the GMOA would call off its strike as the students had been released, the union said ‘no.’
“We are still going ahead with the strike, though the students were released. We condemn and oppose the brutal attack on these students during the protest,” Dr. Haritha Aluthge of the GMOA said. (Lahiru Pothmulla and Shehan Chamika Silva)
Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 03 February 2017 09:48 AM
Yes; it is easier to strike than work for the salary alone.
Jude Friday, 03 February 2017 09:56 AM
Can someone get hold of Dr.Mervyn Silva, please, emergency, situation!!! This Dr.silva can cure any patient!!??
Sanath Friday, 03 February 2017 10:03 AM
GMOA is going beyond their mandate. They tend to think that they are a spl elite class and all other should listen to them and toe their line. High time to put them in their due place.
Shelton W Friday, 03 February 2017 10:28 AM
GOMA learn to uphold the law. THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY WHERE DOG BITES DOG. GOMA DOCS BITING SAITM DOCS. PING MEDIC Students BITING PAYING SAITm students.Please stay firm Government as 90% of people agree with the Court ruling
Henry Friday, 03 February 2017 10:42 AM
Hon minister of health ban private practice if they make the poor patients in state hospitals suffer .Have a flying squad led by the forces . via DM Android App
Jan Friday, 03 February 2017 11:38 AM
We all citizens fully Fed up with continuing Traffic everyday Students can protest out side Colombo via DM Android App
RDF Friday, 03 February 2017 05:06 AM
The students were allowed to protest, but court specified they should not be a public nuisance by causing traffic issues. But they broke the court ruling and a few were taken to custody. The GMOA's support should be to uphold the law not to those who break it. In short the GMOA too should stop becoming a public nuisance...
Don Friday, 03 February 2017 05:34 AM
Start auditing them. via DM Android App
Leo Friday, 03 February 2017 05:40 AM
Thank heavens for SAITM as university medical students are too busy protesting than studying and GMOA fueling it. The government should set up new Hostpitals where the SAITM students would treat patients who are held to hostage by the GMOA. via DM Android App
Kadiya Friday, 03 February 2017 06:00 AM
Sour losers doing what they do best!
Daniel Friday, 03 February 2017 06:34 AM
Shows the callous attitude! Cancel their license!
Ranjitdea Friday, 03 February 2017 06:43 AM
Did you strike when two uni students were killed in the North?
Roman Friday, 03 February 2017 07:00 AM
Go to hell GOMA!
Jude Friday, 03 February 2017 07:17 AM
GMOA should respect the Appeals Court verdict!!??
daily boru Friday, 03 February 2017 07:22 AM
please arrest these GOMA crooks. via DM Android App
Ajith Friday, 03 February 2017 07:24 AM
Sorry to say that we are sick of you and your association.
UniDon Friday, 03 February 2017 07:33 AM
It looks that like MR regime the Yahaplan regime too is allergic to free education
Silva Friday, 03 February 2017 07:36 AM
These doctors should be dealt promptly and severely for putting public in harms way while getting all the benefits and salaries with tax payers money. Those students won't be on streets if they were made to pay for their studies. Opening of private universities is a policy decision of of the government. The government should stand by its policy. Or else let the GMOA run the country.
Azad Friday, 03 February 2017 07:40 AM
Is the strike only in Government hospitals?
Sambo Friday, 03 February 2017 07:49 AM
Very good. This what we expect from the doctors. Go on strike forever if you wish, but don't threaten the public you Ding Dongs.
Kaboos Friday, 03 February 2017 07:54 AM
Some one should teach these GMOA a good lesson that they will not forget rest of their life.. Seek for India help to send some doctors and consultants on SOS basis,
sobers Friday, 03 February 2017 07:59 AM
GMOA becomes above the Law!
Lakshan Friday, 03 February 2017 08:04 AM
Female medical students were arreseted by male policemen .is this yahapalanaya ? Remeber this will be your future jmo and consultant jmos
roshan Friday, 03 February 2017 01:59 PM
today channeling is still there at private hospitals...
prem Friday, 03 February 2017 02:16 PM
pl bro down doctors from India and open more private medical college.
Public Saturday, 04 February 2017 07:01 AM
I didn't know you need 'extra qualifications' to arrest female medical students. Please enlighten me.
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