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The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today threatened to resort to major country-wide Trade Union (TU) action next week if the government failed to resolve the issues regarding South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

GMOA Secretary Dr. Naween De Soysa told a media briefing that the Health and Higher Education Ministers’ actions had forced them to take the decision.

However, he said the discussions they had with the relevant authorities did not yield a positive outcome.

“Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella have failed to perform their duties and thus compelled us to resort to TU action,” he said.

Dr. Soysa said that they expected a wise figure after S B Dissanayake to chair the Higher Education Ministry and alleged that the government appointed Minister Lakshman Kiriella who behaved like a clown.

“Both the present and the former Ministers in Health and Higher Education who were involved in establishing the SAITM had neglected their official duty," he alleged.

He further said the association had to take stern action as it is a timely need to secure the patients’ lives which have been risked by the Ministry's’ irresponsible behavior.

Meanwhile, Dr. Soysa said proposed TU action would not affect the hospital emergency services and doctors would attend to surgeries on critical patients. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Ajith Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:17 PM

    You say that innocent patients lives have been risked due to minister's irresponsible behavior. To correct that you want take stern action. So you are planning to go on strike or work to rule. Will that benefit the patients? Let's see what you blackmailing lot going to do.

    hanas Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:25 PM

    how about you private practices via DM Android App

    dutugamunu1 Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:41 PM

    when president has intervened to find a solution still these fellows are trying to take trade union action.There should be an end to your threats and people will teach you a lesson.

    DrX Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:41 PM

    This one needs treatment from Angoda.

    Don Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:51 PM

    Go fly a kite. The government should pass legislation to take away their perks if they do strike. Dont negotiate with terrorists. via DM Android App

    Kadiya Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:56 PM

    These fellows go on strike at the drop of a hat and they are talking about the irresponsible behavior of ministers. Hypocrites, the lot of them! They have tainted the good name of the physician!!

    Richard Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:31 PM

    The govt should enter into a bond with every medicaldoctor who pass out from Uni and make them pay for cost incurred on them or charge them a percentage on their private practise.

    ANTON Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:38 PM

    GMOA .......... GARBAGE MAKING OPPRTUNIST ASSOCIATION

    Dr.Watson Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:17 PM

    Seen these guys on TV talks shows and debates. The taboo word is "3S Badulla". The mention of these two words trigger a very angry response from some.

    DING DONG Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:23 PM

    WHAT A FOOLISH UTTERANCES. HOW CAN ISLANDWIDE STRIKE SAVE THE LIVES OF THE INNOCENT HELP LESS POOR PATIENTS via DM Android App

    Dr.Thomas Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:26 PM

    Jokers of the century. GMOA bites the dust. via DM Android App

    iamsorandomlyperfect Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:30 PM

    To ANTONHave you ever been treated at a Govt hospital manned by GMOA Drs for a serious a problem costing millions of rupees in the Private sector. If not you need not answer.

    rasheed Friday, 17 February 2017 11:07 AM

    He should be arrested for contempt of court.

    BV Friday, 17 February 2017 12:07 PM

    Dr.Have you passed out from Mullariyawa medical college ?

    Yetiya Friday, 17 February 2017 12:40 PM

    Behead the goons with stethoscopes!!!

    Citizen Friday, 17 February 2017 03:51 AM

    Ajith you hit the nail on head. Let them strike, bring on that infamous act to fly down Indiian doctors.

    Wijebahu Friday, 17 February 2017 04:48 AM

    Soon Government has to decide who rules and planing policies for this country. is it GMOA or the government. President and PM should show there backbone and teach this narcissist a lesson.

    Aussi Doctor Friday, 17 February 2017 05:39 AM

    shouldn't it be a strike in the private practise since its related to private medical schools?

    Yeti Friday, 17 February 2017 06:43 AM

    Behold the goons with stethoscopes!!!

    walter Friday, 17 February 2017 03:18 PM

    The judges of the court of appeal are a constitutional entity and the GMOA should abide with their ruling without putting unnecessary pressure on the government

    Kaboos Friday, 17 February 2017 03:38 PM

    Impose sate of emergency and rule the country Keep the YAHAPALANAYA aside. Get back to business.

    TRUE MAN Friday, 17 February 2017 09:38 AM

    BAN ALL GOVT. DOCTORS PRIVATE PRACTICE. via DM Android App


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