The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today urged President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint someone who has a better understanding of the responsibilities of a Health Minister to the post, without further risking the health-care services of the country.
GMOA Secretary Dr. Naveen De Soyza told a news conference that the President should either advice Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne to solve the issues within the health sector with the assistant of the related parties, or else he should appoint a new health minister. “We have to reiterate the fact that the behavior of Minister Senaratne has put the health sector as well as patients lives at risk. We hope that the President would intervene to solve this matter in a positive way,” he said.
GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge alleged that Minister Senaratne was more concerned about what was taking place with regards to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in Malabe than issues concerning his ministry.
“The country is facing a huge issue with a rise in the number of dengue cases being reported from several areas including the Colombo suburbs, Trincomalee, Jaffna and Hambantota. About 35 fatalities from dengue were reported in the Western Province during the year,” he said. Despite this, he claimed Minister Senaratne was still busy fussing about what was happening to the SAITM rather than concentrating on stopping the spread of dengue in the country.
He said that the fact that Minister Senaratne was biased towards the SAITM had been proved despite it being a private institute and added that the minister had continuously gone against the recommendations of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC). “The Health Ministry should reveal the exact facts about the death toll due to dengue that have taken place this year to the people,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
If Dr. Naveen is so much concerned about the death and ppl suffering as a result of Dengue epidemic, he and his colleagues should refrain from staging strikes over and take all measures to treat the patients island wide without wasting time in advising the President.. He appears ignorant of the sufferings and disappointments the patients face when no doctors in the hospitals to treat them. The doctors forget that govt is paying them salaries from the monies of the citizens. Besides, he has no business to advise the President to change govt Ministers.
Wimal Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:07 AM
Cat is out of the bag ! He wants Padeniya to be the health minister.Not in this century
Doc Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:23 AM
Hello GMOA,You Doctors better learn to respect the Country and to understand the duty of a Doctor, then you could request the Govt to do changes. You Doctors are doing business and not a service...!! God Bless Sri Lanka..!
pradeep Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:25 AM
.. and replacement for you with some one who understand the Doctor's job.
wllows Saturday, 13 May 2017 10:01 AM
Sinhala Prabakaran II?
citizen Saturday, 13 May 2017 10:07 AM
Our demand is to replace Money minded "Dr Mudalalis" with kind hearted Drs in this country.
KOLA KOTIYA Saturday, 13 May 2017 10:09 AM
U WANT MAHINDA TO APPOINT AS HEALTH MINISTER
Prakash Saturday, 13 May 2017 10:12 AM
Replace the GMOA Executive Committee Members with human beings.
rew Saturday, 13 May 2017 10:16 AM
Replace GMOA Office Bearers with people who know where to draw the line between Union work and Medical Education. Not the rabble we have at present in the GMOA.
Sri Lankan Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:01 AM
I suggest Dr. Padeniya, so he can do more private practice and forget the GMOA!!!!!
Ikka Saturday, 13 May 2017 02:48 PM
Well Said Mr. K. Dharmarathne.
indrapathy Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:34 PM
This is RICH, coming from an uneducated person who has some knowledge of medicine only.Mr. Rajitha Senarathna has been a Minister for several years. He is not only a dentist too. He has other knowledge and experience.You have studied medicine only. And you have only a few years of medical experience. Your call is worse than the proverbial "Pot calling the kettle black". You are far inferior to Dr. Senarathna.You have got to your position through our money and you have been given Mahapola schols and paid a salary for your work. If you do not know what gratitude is, at least try to meet your obligations. The public is not asking favors - only services.
Sri Lankan Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:38 PM
Hon. President / Hon Min of Health, all you should have done was throwing some bones to these stray dogs in early stages,
rohantha Saturday, 13 May 2017 06:08 PM
Iets appoint Dr Padadeniya as Minister of Health and Soysa unnehe as the ministry secretary as both of them seems to know everything under the sun n moon
TONY Saturday, 13 May 2017 06:26 PM
NOW GMOA INTERFERING IN POLITICS
Titanic Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:59 PM
where your SOUND BOX against free Ambulance from India via DM Android App
JOKER. Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:42 PM
ONLY JOKERS FRONT CAN UNDERSTAND YOU NOBODY ELSE. BCOS YOU ARE DANCING ACCORDING TO THEIR TUNE. via DM Android App
IVJ Saturday, 13 May 2017 10:06 PM
Aney yako, as if this this monster knows what he is doing.
daily boru Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:53 AM
how about Ranjan or Mervin or Gota or Neville Fernando via DM Android App
freddy yong Saturday, 13 May 2017 06:53 AM
I would suggest that powers that be bodily throw our the stupid so called Secretary of the GMOA instead.
Kadiya Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:10 AM
ANTON Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:11 AM
YES, ....LOOKING AFTER IDIOTS IS NOT AN EASY THING.
Kumara Dharmarathne Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:27 AM
Soyza Mahattayo,you think that you are the most educated,knowledeable scholar in Sri Lanka. You are now trying to give advice and consultancy work like an ignorant guy. You cannot even bring your GMOA members to point and they are on the verge of moving away from your association. If you and some other office bearers of GMOA are not replaced immediately with some who will behave like well mannered doctors, before long your GMOA will be no where. Therefore,I advise you to stop advising the government and mind your own business.
LAST DITCH EFFORT Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:31 AM
(a) "appoint someone who has a better understanding" --one of the various concorted reasons of the GMOA AND (b) “The country is facing a huge issue with a rise in the number of dengue cases " -- Yes , but do not confuse the issue in question AND (c) " gone against the recommendations of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC)." -- Wait and face the music for going against the court ruling . THE GMOA IS NOW CLUTCHING ON TO THE LAST STRAWs
HAND SHAKE Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:37 AM
Was it the hand shake in the temple which has prevented the other individual being present at this press conference. Having these many conferences itself is indicative of the GMOA's weak stance on SATIM.
BIASED Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:47 AM
" Minister Senaratne was biased towards the SAITM " Wonder if the GMOA at their next press conference will use the word "BIAS" when it comes to the court ruling. -- MY DEAR SIRs . THE BEST THING FOR YOU'LL TO DO AT THIS PRESENT JUNCTURE IS TO KEEP YOUR TRAP SHUT. (your hand shaking secretary need to appear in court soon)
ONE SHOT Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:48 AM
AFTER THE TEMPLE HAND SHAKE ARE THERE MANY MORE HAND SHAKES TO FOLLOW
Appu Saturday, 13 May 2017 06:35 AM
Replace this man also someone who doent kill innocent people via DM Android App
Don Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:12 AM
All Government doctors,It is time to replace the entire executive committee of GMOA,as they have damaged the profession already joining hands with JVP murderers.
surasena Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:28 AM
Any suggestions for Health Minister from GMOA?How about, SF, Thewarapperuma, SB, Kirialla, etc..., make your pick.
JAN Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:37 AM
GMOA wants sleeping cabinet Spokes person Listen GMOA Now entire world know all of your private practices Mr Padeniya practically proved that to nation via DM Android App
TONY Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:47 AM
GMOA GOES PERSONAL
TONY Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:49 AM
GMOA LED STRIKES IS THE CAUSE FOR PATIENTS RISK AS PATIENTS ARE NEGLECTED AND LEFT WITHOUT TREATMENT
alex Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:55 AM
yes Dr.Padeniya should be appointed, as he seems to understand the job very well
garawi Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:59 AM
So you want a puppet appointed who plays to your tune and can be manipulated?
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