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Govt. doctors to launch token strike on Thursday

19 August 2019 - 336   - 1

Government doctors will launch a one-day token strike from 8 am onwards on Thursday (Aug 22) citing several issues in the health sector, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said.

Issuing a statement, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge noted that doctors will continue to function at the emergency units of all state hospitals.

Doctors attached to maternity hospitals, children's hospitals, Apeksha Cancer Hospital in Maharagama, National Institute for Nephrology Dialysis & Transplantation, and military hospitals too would not go on strike, the union said.

Dr. Aluthge noted that the strike would take place based on the following reasons'

  • Shortage of medicinal drugs or existence of sub-standard drugs in hospitals
  • Attempts to grant medical internships for individuals who have failed the G.C.E. Advanced Level examinations and not followed the science stream
  • Failure to set a standard for medical education
  • Delaying private medical job appointments for qualified doctors
  • Dropping standards at rural hospitals due to the politicization in the transfers of doctors
  • Delaying the preparation of the transfers and new appointments list for doctors in the North and East
  • Attempting to destroy higher education by putting forth the New Quality Assurance and Accreditation Act.

The GMOA stated that they had decided to launch a strike since political authorities including the President, Health Secretary, and other higher officials had failed to convene a discussion on these demands.

Accordingly, they stated that these officials must bear responsibility for any inconveniences caused to patients as a result of the strike.

  Comments - 1

  • Dr Dharmasena Thursday, 22 August 2019 04:40 PM

    It is awful and miserable to hear that the GMOA mafia kicked off again its political agenda in another facet. This time it say it strike on behalf of the patients for the quality of doctors and availability of medications in the health sector. They are against doctors who do not have AL. Alas, they have forgotten the past or the new doctors may not aware of the past. The western medicine was introduced to this country by apothecaries 'and then the LMS medical graduates in the Colombo medical college in Ceylon. Bloody hell. None of them had no ALs. They were taken on only results equalent to O/L and there are very senior sergeants worked in this country with ordinary level results. Many consultants of those days had no AL. They were interviewed with SSC, not with university entrance results. Nowhere in the world is a requirement of Al as a medical qualification. If someone can get qualification as a qualified medical graduate, he is allowed to practice medicine. Medicine can be done only after doing O/L in many countries of the world and there are permed courses and then medical degree. Is Sri Lanka a different breed of medical field? The GMOA is doing this strike to put a barrier to less than 100 medical graduates entering in to the service after being defeated several times socially morally legally and psychologically. Shame on you and your medical mafia sucking blood of ordinary patients in this country.!!!

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