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The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today warned they wold resort to a sudden work stoppage if the government does not provide them with a reasonable solution to the SAITM issue.

GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that the GMOA’s Central Committee had directed its executive committee to take a decision on the strike and that the next couple of days would be crucial.

“Perhaps the strike will be launched today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. It is the final option we have been left with. SAITM should be nationalized and we will not agree to any other solution. However, we will not let any harm be caused to patients during these strikes,” he said.

Dr. Aluthge said the government had announced that they would not hold any discussions with the GMOA anymore even though the doctors were still ready to solve the SAITM issue through official discussions without resorting to a strike.

He said the SAITM had continued its procedure without having the approval of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) violating the world standards with regard to medical education. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 21

  • 88 Friday, 30 June 2017 11:34 AM

    Oh Really?

    Peter Friday, 30 June 2017 07:52 PM

    Doctors give repeated warning to give warning to the government which is not bother to listen and take action to subdue the situation but due to gov.'s adamant silence will push doctors to action.govt.thinks big but this is weak govt. run by very weak politicians with differnt type of ministers

    Mercedes Friday, 30 June 2017 07:11 PM

    Joint opposition headed by Mahinda Rajapakse must be rejoicing now. They must be hoping to walk to the power hands down.

    ranjith Friday, 30 June 2017 07:04 PM

    If they go like this, soon a day will come to make this service essential and army will have powers to forcefully bring doctors to work. Government also should act like a government with a spine. People gave power for that. Not to be ruled by a trade union.

    mithra Friday, 30 June 2017 07:03 PM

    If these blackmailers go on strike even for a week what will happen to the special drugs imported by the Govt.spending billions of rupees of people's money and also what about the collected blood in the blood bank? All will go waste.

    SHM Friday, 30 June 2017 03:34 PM

    That means halfway through a heart surgery they will walk out of the operating theater leaving the patient fighting for his life. We have never seen or heard about of doctors who are indirectly terrorizing the patients more than the government. If a need arises they take a flight to Singapore or USA but it is the poor patients who have to face the brunt of it.

    RK Friday, 30 June 2017 03:24 PM

    That means all the strike carried out so fat was utter failure. That is why they are moving on to sudden strike and then they will look for some more strikes....... everything fails.

    SAM SPARROW Friday, 30 June 2017 03:22 PM

    These doctors already lost their respect in Sri Lanka. They are just just nothing. Government must make actions quickly to run the SAITM smoothly. This is the right to freedom. Freedom to study whatever the people want. Who are these doctors to question that. Anyway it's a corrupted industry.

    rasheed Friday, 30 June 2017 03:18 PM

    Handover the Health to Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse, he will threaten to cancel the Doctor's license as he did for Lawyer A. Dias.

    Wije Friday, 30 June 2017 11:52 AM

    Confiscate the duty free cars of the striking doctors.

    Sincere Friday, 30 June 2017 11:48 AM

    GMOA is a mafia!

    Sunil Friday, 30 June 2017 08:01 AM

    "Strike will not harm the patients." Is he speaking through his nose. Strike,and the people will strike back.

    Freddy Yang Friday, 30 June 2017 11:28 AM

    Why, Oh why is the Government tolerating these trade unionists so much. The Government has many avenues open to make these idiots bend at their knees but appear to be at the mercy of them - Why ??

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 30 June 2017 11:22 AM

    These yokels have been warned about this and this is what will exactly happen, serve them right.

    Joseph Friday, 30 June 2017 10:21 AM

    It is right time the we the general public take a firm stand by boycotting the Drs who are leading the strike.The government also should take a firm stand by cancelling their licenses and proscribing their practices in Private hospitals. people will rally frond the government in this respect.

    TONY Friday, 30 June 2017 09:23 AM


    Suranimala Friday, 30 June 2017 08:46 AM

    It's their on-going practice which we do not care anymore. To hell with GMOA !!

    AjithZ Friday, 30 June 2017 08:44 AM

    You talk about a reasonable solution. Is there any reasonable solution you are willing accept other than nationalization of SAITM? Come out with your solutions other than nationalization (if you have any).

    Leo Friday, 30 June 2017 08:38 AM

    It is the GMOA that is an insult to the entire country. via DM Android App

    lalith de silva Friday, 30 June 2017 08:38 AM

    moment they call up the strike , people must foclk aorund all hospitals and protest against drs to resign from the services with out sucking people"s money

    Thomas Friday, 30 June 2017 08:24 AM

    The government should take appropriate action the trheats posed by the GMOA and if necessary bring new legislation making strikes in the essential services illegal and jail the offenders and confiscate their properties

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