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Government Medical Officer’s Association (GMOA) said, doctors were ready to face any inquiry on their negligence in providing medical services.

Dr. Nalinda Herath said the health ministry followed a specific procedure when dealing with instances of doctors’ negligence and said they would not interfere into such inquiries.  

“Not all patients who fight for their lives could be saved. But if a patient’s life is at stake due to the carelessness of the doctors, the health ministry inquires into such cases and we will not hinder inquiries conducted by the ministry,” Dr. Herath said.

When asked whether it was reasonable for the doctors to resort to a strike action on grounds that a doctor was threatened, Dr. Herath said they could not take this lightly in a situation where two doctors had been killed in the country and said that the doctors security should be taken into consideration.

Responding to a question, Dr. Herath said they hadn’t lodged any form of complaint against the persons who threatened the doctors, but the residents were going to complain against them as their actions had led to closure of the Badureliya hospital for six days

 “People have the right to take legal action against negligence and malpractices of doctors, but have no right to threaten doctors personally,” he said.

Dr. Herath also said they had to resort to the strike action because this was a country where unnatural incidents happen, which challenged the security of their members. (Naduni Jayasinghe, Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Janaki Kalansuriya Saturday, 28 December 2013 12:29 AM

    In an environment where their lives are threatened by goons, it is unfair to expect doctors to perform their duties. Some of these doctors even volunteer to serve in war stricken areas. They are not frightened by bullets. This is a clear message to the government to tie their dogs and confine them to the kennels allowing the public to get on with their lives, peacefully.

    Keith Saturday, 28 December 2013 01:46 AM

    * This also the country where government doctors work for 4 hours a day, while claiming 6 hours + on call allowances.
    * I've attended maternal death conferences & nearly none came out as negligence of doctors

    Musliman Saturday, 28 December 2013 01:50 AM

    Of course, they always think themselves as the best human beings. They can change the medical report as to their likings, and ultimately they will win the battle.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 28 December 2013 08:57 AM

    In a country where Con-Doctors (Black or White) and fake Honorary Doctors rule the roost, it is quite natural for the genuine doctors to take all precautions against biting by rabid dogs who are let out free by those in power.

    sam Sunday, 29 December 2013 06:56 AM

    absolutely you are right musliman


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