The Government is ready to take tough action, which had not been taken previously, with regard to the indefinite strike announced by the GMOA, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today.
Addressing a news conference, the Minister said people condemned the actions of the GMOA’s strike when there was an increase of dengue patients.
“These are not medical doctors. GMOA doctors too receive their salary from the Ministry. If they have an issue with the steps taken to eradicate dengue menace, the doctors should take that responsibility as well,” he said.
He said the strike had been launched with the intention of making way for the GMOA doctors, who are from rural areas to represent the GMOA Executive Council.
Referring to the Wednesday’s protest by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) and the protesting students’ behaviour, the Minister said they had caused damages amounting to millions of rupees to the Health Ministry complex.
“Some of the students had even harassed the employees of the ministry. Many people who visited the Ministry on Wednesday for the public day assistance were put in a difficult situation. The irony is, after causing many damages to the Ministry building, the students received treatments from the National Hospital, which is under the Ministry,” he said. (By Lahiru Pothmulla)
I have never seen such low behavior by GMOA. No other country witnesses such low discipline by once a most respected profession. They have become a disgrace unto themselves. All these guys end up as Doctors doing private practice and making millions. They can't take the government to ransom. Their is a hidden force behind these issues, which must be investigated.
NonResident Sunday, 25 June 2017 04:59 PM
It is time for the public to form "Government Hospital Patients Association" ("GHPA") and start a protest to stop Government Doctors indulging in private practice.
Samitha Friday, 23 June 2017 12:12 PM
CITIZEN Friday, 23 June 2017 11:05 AM
BRING LAW TO BAN PRIVATE PRACTICE FOR GOVERNMENT DOCTORS!!!
Ronnie Bugger Friday, 23 June 2017 10:18 AM
Mr Health Minister, you waited too long to say this but it's never too late but you will not get anywhere with these boasts as long as you have a spineless and good for nothing Law and Order joker of a Minister and an equally No Action Talk Only IGP to support you. Good Luck.
Trehan Munasinghe Friday, 23 June 2017 10:04 AM
"The Government is ready to take tough action, which had not been taken previously, with regard to the indefinite strike announced by the GMOA, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today"Dear Minister there is no point talking now, TAKE ACTION you are in power the people are fed up with all this daily strikes, sack them and cancel their license to practice medicine if they continue to strike, as for the students and the damages caused to the Ministry of Health, enforce the damn law of the land to the highest, and teach them a lesson once and for all. Later try your best to finally put an end to this madness regarding SAITM , GMOA and IUSF we have to get on with our lives and resolve other issues.
PEOPLE Friday, 23 June 2017 09:47 AM
Please take action against these doctors, Government is for the people take action now stop babysitting these doctors
Sam Silva Friday, 23 June 2017 08:06 AM
This second class doctors, want Sri Lanka health to remain as that of a third world country. What a bunch of selfish book worms!
Kadiya Friday, 23 June 2017 08:01 AM
But then the IGP will say: "It is not easy to arrest doctors"!!!
Thanos Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:08 PM
I don't like Rajitha Senaratne specially his loud mouth, but he is totally right on this occasion. IUSF had not right to barge into the ministry, damage its property and harass the staff. Legal action must be taken against them and they should be made to pay for the damages caused. Doctors going on strike while there is a serious dengue epidemic is utterly disgusting.
Tom and Jerry Friday, 23 June 2017 07:04 AM
If he did not have a loud mouth, we would not have heard his comments!!!
AliG Friday, 23 June 2017 06:53 AM
All talk, no action. The President will never allow any action against GMOA, as he revealed on tv not long ago that Padadeniya is a personal friend. PM's and Ministers hands are tied.
Don Friday, 23 June 2017 06:20 AM
Stop cuddling them. Ask inland revenue to investigate and cancel the vehicle permits individually. They get paid in cash after each days private practice. via DM Android App
Derrick Friday, 23 June 2017 06:05 AM
Sadly service for humanity in the hands of inhuman people
ceylon Thursday, 22 June 2017 08:27 PM
they strike strike strike.you talk talk talk. via DM Android App
L C A Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:54 PM
What action do you take against them as you cannot take any action on little things in the country such as private bus mafia etc. !
mhela Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:54 PM
How can they be call Doctors. In a national Crisis like this if they want to strike..... they are not human ... money mined creature. better to sack all of them
ANTON Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:10 PM
WELL SAID DOCTOR, ..... .NO PAY LEAVE ON STRIKE DAYS..... IF THEY CONTINUE THE STRIKE SACK THEM ALL AND BRING SOME DOCTORS FROM INDIA, PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH , GET THE MAXIMUM SUPPORT FROM PRIVATE MEDICAL CENTERS..... IF THEY BEHAVE MORE VIOLENTLY ...SHOOT THE BUGGERS.
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