Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) would be on a countrywide 24-hour token strike tomorrow against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed with Singapore and the proposed ETCA with India, GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge said today.
He said, however, the emergency treatment units, maternity, children, cancer, nephrology and Army hospitals would function as usual despite the token strike.
He said the GMOA was forced to take this decision in the absence of a positive response from the authorities including President Maithripala Sirisena to their request. He also said the token strike would begin at 8.00 a.m. at all the Government Hospitals.
“We have earlier written to President Sirisena informing this issue. We are still waiting for a response from him. The authorities should not enter into or implement such agreements in an arbitrary manner without setting up a National Policy on International Trade Agreements,” he said.
He said the FTA recently signed with Singapore was detrimental to the country and it would create an open space for foreign countries to invade Sri Lanka's job market.
He said the FTA had not included a termination date and exit clause and such an agreement was disadvantageous to the country.
“The authorities concerned had signed this FTA without presenting it to Parliament,” he said.
“Sri Lanka and India are to hold the next round of official level talks on the proposed ETCA from May 23. We are against it since it is also detrimental to the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr Naveen De Soyza said Subject Minister Malik Samarawickrama should be held responsible for this issue and added that he should immediately resign from his post or else he should be removed.
He said the GMOA membership had been informed to not to engage in private practices during the token strike. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
Not engage in private practices?Ridiculous. See tomorrow how many government doctors in private dispensaries.
Same Wednesday, 16 May 2018 04:41 PM
There is NO difference between "DOCTORS" in Sri Lanka and Private Bus Conductors, the rowdies. .
Wise Donkey Wednesday, 16 May 2018 04:46 PM
No problem, strike, yes that's what they are good at.
senthil Wednesday, 16 May 2018 05:01 PM
one problem resolved, found another one to keep off work and inconvenience the public who funded their education
Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 16 May 2018 05:42 PM
It is long overdue that highly qualified doctors from Singapore show the lousy qualified doctors from Sri Lanka what ethics means
Kay Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:05 PM
Who is running the country. GMOA ? Ridiculous
Sujat Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:30 PM
Unchikun Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:30 PM
GMOA, ACPBA ARE JUST ONE AND THE SAME.
laki Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:41 PM
Once highly respected GMOA is now run by a set of megalomaniac rowdies that have emerged from the most foul smelling gutters of SL. Cannot expect anything better from them.
Chanaka Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:54 PM
GMOA has now crossed the line.. they need to understand that they are going way beyond their mandate. Back out. This is the time that public need to stand up against GMOA.
Buddhist Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:58 PM
President should immediately order armed forces of SL to recruit doctors and get these doctors to work in private and public medical facilities. GMOA is out of control. President must take this action to teach these GMOA thugs a lesson. Will President do this immediately without any delay?
Bala Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:08 AM
At least Prez should cancel privilege of GMOA doctors doing private practice.
Samitha Friday, 18 May 2018 12:30 PM
Cancel their Medical License for one year and ask them to join CMC Garbage staff to keep Colombo city clean.
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