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GMOA denounces Ranil’s statement

10 December 2015 11:22 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) today condemned the statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament about the GMOA and its president Dr. Anurudda Padeniya and said a decision would be taken at Sunday's Central Committee meeting with regard to their future course of action.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath responding to a statement by the Prime Minister that the GMOA did not make any contribution to the January 8 revolution, said that they had not contributed to set up or topple any government in the past and would not do so in the future as well.

“We do not mind any revolutions or counter-revolutions. We neither represent Rajapaksas nor the Wickremesinghes but our members. We cannot stop our trade union action going against our central committee decision. We regret the Prime Minister making such a statement. Earlier such statements were made by ministers like Mervyn Silva and S.B. Dissanayake,’ he said.

Dr. Herath said President Maithripala Sirisena and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had given them two discussions but the Prime Minister had not given any discussion so far despite repeated pleas.

GMOA Spokesman Dr. Navin de Soysa said they had not made any new demands from the new government but had requested not to remove the previous privileges and concessions enjoyed by them so far.

“We have not demanded any salary hike or any other privileges. We request the government to keep intact the privileges and concessions given to doctors earlier so that the professionals could get attracted to the government service and provide a better service to the people,’ he said.(Ajith Siriwardana)

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  Comments - 7

  • Bala Thursday, 10 December 2015 05:53 PM

    What better service talk - you are prepared to play with peoples lives to get your two cents of prvileges. Poor people do not have any privileges. You have enough - why not give up some of these super privileges like a car permit for the country. Hope the govt will say permit for cars 1600cc and below - not US$30,000.

    iSilva Thursday, 10 December 2015 06:12 PM

    We do not fight for Rajapaksa, we do not fight for Wickramasinghe, Yes support our duty free car permit. These are a good example of "so called patriots".

    Hipo Thursday, 10 December 2015 06:31 PM

    GMOA should not do politics. It looks like they are. They were quick to go on strike while the car permit issue was a proposal only and then they make comments on CEPA. Not good for the Hippocratic oath

    sas Thursday, 10 December 2015 07:22 PM

    These GMOA people can never be satisfied.They always want the pound of flesh.

    Sim Thursday, 10 December 2015 07:23 PM

    What happened to the oath they took? Are they paying income tax on their private earnings Why make the poor people suffer

    Janaka Thursday, 10 December 2015 10:35 PM

    Okay. The government will give you the existing perks and privileges for another 20 years if the GMOA will agree to freeze their salaries for the same 20 years duration.

    Ganesha Friday, 11 December 2015 05:23 AM

    Why do you degrade your noble profession by going into trade union action although you are reasonably paid everything apart from your private practice.? You are not supposed to behave like average labourers

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