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Medical services in more than 900 hospitals island-wide, except children’s and maternity hospitals have ground to a halt today due to the token strike launched by doctors against certain budgetary decisions.

Treasurer of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Dr. Nalinda Herath said strike was not carried out at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, de Soysa Maternity Hospital, and Castle Street Hospital for Women, National Cancer Institute, Maharagama and Sirimavo Bandaranayake Specialist Children’s Hospital in Peradeniya.

According to the GMOA, more than 15,000 government doctors are currently involved in the strike. (Piyumi Fonseka)


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  • Karen Wednesday, 30 November 2016 07:18 PM

    Most private clinics don't issue receipts for doctor's fee, only clinic charges...which proberbly means they don't declare that.

    NUWAN Wednesday, 30 November 2016 07:50 PM

    Take some stern action against the strikers whoever they may be. This should stop. Make SF the defence secretary and put a stop to this menace.

    Ranjith Wednesday, 30 November 2016 08:19 PM

    GMOA should be branded as terrorist organisation and their members should be punished under PTA act

    Gerard Wednesday, 30 November 2016 09:08 PM

    People should withdraw all services from the Dr's. Shut down water, electricity, phone disconnection, stop mail delivery and stop collecting garbage for a week. People power should be shown to the greedy Dr's

    Sharon Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:08 PM

    I just had a look at the news paper headlines pre-8th Jan., compared with today's. It is a real change we got... Congratulations Yahapalana voters... You did it..

    S.Thalahitiya Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:10 PM

    GMOA members,Are you happy now.The curse of the poor people will haunt you!

    brainmaster Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:13 PM

    Selfish, greedy bunch of money spinners ! I cannot respect them anymore.

    Dr. Who Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:26 PM

    The GMOA doesn't give two hoots about the public. They only care about the size of their pockets...

    malij Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:27 PM

    This is insane. Very soon people will take the law into their hands and start attacking the blackmailing doctors and their houses.

    spirit Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:28 PM

    Government is nicely dancing according to the GMOA. Well done GMOA.

    Navin Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:36 PM

    Somebody should ask these doctors to repeat their Hippocratic oath on live tv. I am sure they won't even know it in full. How can they criticize the politicians when they themselves are bigger oath breakers?

    ranjit Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:39 PM

    GMOA has become a political party and will contest inthe next general elections.

    Dingo Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:42 PM

    Oh the Docs unhappy about the Gov taxing their private practice income. How sad !!!!

    Ash Wednesday, 30 November 2016 01:57 PM

    Does SL need GMOA This association needs to be banned... via DM Android App

    Kaboos Wednesday, 30 November 2016 02:08 PM

    It is a long journey between human being and being human

    Silv Wednesday, 30 November 2016 02:20 PM

    Please bring doctors from India to stop this madness.

    Indika Wednesday, 30 November 2016 02:21 PM

    Where is rajitha? In mount Elizabeth ?

    De Silva Wednesday, 30 November 2016 02:33 PM

    Make GMOA President the Finance Minister and ask him to prepare the countrys budget.

    Selvyn Wednesday, 30 November 2016 02:53 PM

    Govt should devise an effective response to stop such threats against the govt and these criminals minded people must be taken to task. via DM Android App

    LionaL Wednesday, 30 November 2016 02:54 PM

    This goverment is too democratiic. This politically motivated some selfish leaders, whose idea is to topple the government by misleading the public, by interrupting the serveices and trying hard to make the Government unpopular. Their idea is to create problems in the country by doing so. Now every one is enjoying freedom. These so called leaders could not bearup that.They misuse the freedom. To develop this country the rulers should take stern action against them when and where it is necessary, for the sake of the majority of innocent people.

    Chux Wednesday, 30 November 2016 03:05 PM

    I can not see any difference between LTTE and GMOA as they take innocent people as human shields

    pradeep Wednesday, 30 November 2016 03:22 PM

    Government spend more than Rs. 6 million for a doctor under free education from the taxed money, further provide vehicle permit in each 5 years and they not pay income tax honestly from huge income they getting from PP and after all theses Shylock playing with the lives of the helpless people by striking for nothing.. tragedy..

    Nalin Wednesday, 30 November 2016 03:57 PM

    Even if one patient dies as a result of this strike, no monetary value can be placed on that person's life. The family members will never get their loved one back. Go to hell GMOA!!!

    Patient Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:00 PM

    Is GMOA part of the Joint Opposition? via DM Android App

    sarath Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:07 PM

    The Govt. should seriously consider bringing in Indian doctors on contract basis!

    henry Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:12 PM

    Govt. should set up private medical colleges immediately and break their monopoly. They do not care for the people. via DM Android App

    Reality Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:31 PM

    Its not about paying tax, it is about inequality in taxation among similarly waged directors,officers in companies. Government doctors are punished for being government doctors!

    sobers Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:32 PM

    GMOA has disgraced their profession. They want more and more and more... Biggest tax evaders.

    Ron Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:46 PM

    These are the times that I would support the treaty with India.

    Rondy Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:50 PM

    Further they're getting priority for popular schools for their children.

    Ben Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:52 PM

    This is why we need the road to India a good strong bridge with a good bus service. We need not worry. All our people can go there for medical treatment.

    Bawa Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:58 PM

    Correction permits are given twice in their career at ten year intervals. And the problem is that money earned from private practise is taxed at 20%. Far higher than the corresponding income bracket. Know your facts before your comment.

    Dr.Nick Wednesday, 30 November 2016 05:14 PM

    The majority of Doctors & Lawyers dont pay income tax though they are entitled to. The GMOA encourages doctors to claim maximum over -time from government hospitals. Professionals should be honest. via DM Android App

    Pradeep Wednesday, 30 November 2016 06:22 PM

    You cannot take helpless patients as hostages to fight against minor financial issues

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