GMOA WARNS of longer strike next week

Published : 8:00 am  June 1, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (317) reads | 

4The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday threatened to resort to strike action next week even though today’s strike ended at noon.

A war of words erupted between the doctors and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne after the GMOA told a media briefing that 10,000 government doctors at 1,571 hospitals countrywide had joined in the work stoppage.

GMOA Spokesman Dr. Navin de Soysa hit out at the manner in which the Health Minister was acting in this situation and accused his wife of meddling in the affairs of the ministry.

“If the minister is following the orders of his wife, then it is better for him to hand over the ministry to his wife and attend to their domestic activities. There is no reason why a minister’s wife should be allowed to interfere in crucial matters pertaining to the best renowned and awarded ministry,” Dr. de Soysa said.

He alleged that this was the darkest era in the history of Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry which is under the purview of the most corrupt Health Minister. Dr. de Soysa said their trade union action would not end until ‘nepotism’ is eliminated from the Health Ministry.

He said the GMOA Central Committee would decide on Thursday whether to resort to strike action. The GMOA launched a countrywide token strike yesterday alleging that the Medical Services Director (MSD) had changed the list of post-internship to doctors without its consent after it had been finalised by the Health Ministry and the GMOA

. GMOA Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath, said the international recognition sought by the Health Ministry for its service standards would be negated owing to the arbitrary decisions taken by the minister. The GMOA also alleged that vehicles and medicines of the Health Ministry were being used by the minister’s eldest son for flood relief.