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The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today revealed that Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Chairman Professor Colvin Gunaratne had sent a ‘top secret’ letter to Health Minister.

GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news briefing that the letter was sent following the first coup to stop the election of members to the council had failed.

He said according to informed sources the letter was also copied to the Minister’s public relations officer.

However, the GMOA did not reveal the contents of the letter but challenged Prof.  Gunaratne to publicize the contents of the letter if can.

The GMOA described the letter as the second conspiracy to stop the SLMC election.

In a letter dated March 23 sent to the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had ordered to suspend the up coming  election of members to the council stating that there would be legal implications.

However, the majority of SLMC membership decided to ignore  the letter and to continue with the election proceedings and the GMOA described the attempt as the first conspiracy.

“SLMC Chairman was hatching a coup to sabotage the SLMC election. When we met the Minister Senaratne recently he promised us that he would not interfere the SLMC’s sovereignty. If any attempt is made to sabotage the election, GMOA will resort to stern trade union action,” he said.

He further said that though the Medical Ordinance has a clean history for nearly 9 decades as it protected the quality of country’s health service until now.

He said some Non-Governmental Organiations (NGOs) are attempting to amend the Medical Ordinance however if any amendment is to introduced, it should be done with the intention of improving  the quality of health service.                  

 “Any amendment  is to effected, it should be done with the support of medical experts to full fill the public’s need  neither  to please the NGOs  nor to seek political gains,” Dr. Aluthge added.(Thilanka Kanakarathna)


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  Comments - 7

  • kondaya77 Monday, 02 April 2018 10:02 PM

    Why don't the G.M.O.A. run in the next elections as a political party?

    Reviewcric Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:08 PM

    They won't. They are cowards who like to hide behind their position as doctors.

    Malli Monday, 02 April 2018 10:11 PM

    Take their car permits. Make them tax payers to the country. This GMOA is like a mafia, that always looking for trade union action.

    anduwa Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:21 AM

    seems malli does not know what is happening in this country...they do pay tax.and car permit is a right. as if for the service the government cannot provide transportation

    Rohantha Monday, 02 April 2018 11:01 PM

    This buggers favourite word is STERN

    Katie Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:21 AM

    GMOA should run for the next general election. These guys are supposed to be doctors curing for the sick, but "NO" they are a mafia whose always on the war path. They study with public funds and then hit the public back after they are qualified, whereas they should be caring for the sick, because many of the sick also contributed towards their education. Shame! Shame!

    Dalu Banda Tuesday, 03 April 2018 02:44 PM

    But they cure patients.

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