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The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said today that they would continue the countrywide strike started today until the Government addressed their demands over the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

GMOA Secretary Dr. Naveen De Soyza said that all its members would refrain from private practices during the period of strike.

The GMOA strike commenced at 8.00 a.m. today.

GMOA Media Spokesman Dr. Samantha Ananda told a news briefing that they had taken this decision with the unanimous approval of its central committee.

“Yesterday, we have decided to launch a countrywide token strike starting from 8.00 a.m. The recent reason for this decision was to condemn the brutal attack on university students, who protested at the Health Ministry building,” he said.

He said the token strike was launched islandwide except in the emergency units, dengue control units, hospitals in disaster affected areas, maternity, children, kidney and cancer hospitals.

He said the GMOA’s Executive Committee would take a decision with regard to the strike.

He said the decision to launch an indefinite strike was taken for two reasons, including not extending the tenure of Professor Carlo Fonseka as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), a decision taken by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

Meanwhile, GMOA Secretary Dr. Naveen De Soyza said the strike would continue until they won.

“We are ready to hold discussions with any party except Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. We have attempted many times to solve the issue with him through discussions and all went in vain,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 22

  • Samitha Thursday, 22 June 2017 05:08 PM

    Abolish Free Education. It is a curse to this country since most the people are still Living in 16th Century.No value of Free Education to these kind of Idiots. .

    Eldorad Friday, 23 June 2017 06:32 PM

    For the sake of the people and the Country KICK these blood suckers out from Govt service.

    Akila Friday, 23 June 2017 01:14 PM

    Don't be a fool man. Everybody knows who is the joker in this issue.

    TONY Friday, 23 June 2017 11:58 AM


    CP Friday, 23 June 2017 07:26 AM

    It is high time action is taken against these so-called professionals who being utter shame to this hallowed profession. I think the doctors who value and respect their profession should rise against this bunch of thugs who are not worthy of representing them.

    Agitated Friday, 23 June 2017 07:11 AM they remember the oath they took after free education.Now they are fleecing the sick via DM Android App

    lalith de silva Thursday, 22 June 2017 06:25 PM

    ask their resignations

    sobers Thursday, 22 June 2017 05:51 PM

    It never happens in any country, This is same as terrorism as these fellows are threatening the society! Act tough.

    B S Perera Thursday, 22 June 2017 05:38 PM

    Cannot imagine how a group of intellectuals meekly follow a few buffaloes who try to run the country according to their whims and fancies.

    ralahamy Thursday, 22 June 2017 05:33 PM

    Every time some problem take place in Sri Lanka, Mahainda has the a way of popping hishead and ask "Den Sathutudha? Den Hondhadha?" I can still visualize his tone!

    Ami Thursday, 22 June 2017 05:16 PM

    If any demand on local product we import potato fish onion etc. For the demand of doctors the health ministry could consider to get down better doctors from India or Pakistan. via DM Android App

    Simon Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:23 PM

    To people who think these idiots are actually on strike They are not go to any private hospital and see for yourself all talk they cant ignore the money.. via DM Android App

    Terrence Thursday, 22 June 2017 05:06 PM

    Conductors are better than these doctors. We don't want doctors who don't have heart. They lost their respect already.

    Jamis Banda Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:41 PM

    Paving the way for Mahinda to come to power by killing innocent patients.

    DHA Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:23 PM

    Get rid of these doctors and employ new ones....we don't need heartless people working in our hospitals.....

    NIMAL Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:21 PM

    These Doctors who are on strikes are worst than anybody. They have to take example as other countries Doctors and do their job respectively.

    Chandimani Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:02 PM

    No problem. If anybody wants to met a doctor, visit to any private hospital, you can channel any consultant during these like period. If you cannot afford channel feel, you have the option to voluntarily die yourself.

    willows Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:56 PM

    Lets teach these thugs a good lesson by boycotting all private hospitals and private clincs.

    willows Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:55 PM

    High time we get some foreign doctors with the help of tri services and police medicos, we can do better.Government please please do not give in to these thugs anymore.

    Jonson Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:38 PM

    Dengue disease increasing patients are suffering many school children died. No beds in hospital now no doctors in hospital. What a nice Sri Lanka. via DM Android App

    Manoj Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:37 PM

    Bring back the white van culture and teach these jokers a lesson

    sigiriya Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:27 PM

    State funded State favored Education; holding State to ransom. Brilliant.

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