GMOA warns of indefinite strike

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DM_20170710_A001-30If Prof. Colvin Gunaratne appointed as SLMC Chairman

Minister does not have any authority to remove Prof. Carlo Fonseka as Chairman

By Thilanka Kanakarathna
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) warned yesterday that stern action would be taken tomorrow onward if Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne appointed Prof. Colvin Gunaratne as the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Chairman, violating the Medical Ordinance.

Sri Lanka Medical Council’s (SLMC) former Chairman Prof. Carlo Fonseka’s term of service came to an end on June 30 after serving five and half years.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told the  that the GMOA would resort to an indefinite strike without prior notice if the Minister assigns Prof. Gunaratne without considering GMOA recommendations.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the GMOA would resort to an indefinite strike without prior notice if the Minister assigns Prof. Gunaratne without considering GMOA recommendations..

 

Addressing a press conference GMOA Spokesman Dr. Samantha Ananda said all former Governments supported the SLMC to safeguard patients’ rights.

He said the SLMC and its former Chairman unconditionally committed to ensure the quality and the standards of the medical education.
“However there is an alleged move to establish the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) by appointing a new Chairman to the SLMC,” he said.

Dr. Ananda said that assigning a new person to the SLMC Chairmanship could worsen the SAITM issue as the appointment could take a pro-SAITM stance.

He also said considering the requests made by the Mahanayake Theras of the three Buddhist Nikayas and the Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith earlier, GMOA refrained from resorting to a stern action.

He, however, stated that his trade union would not do so in future as the Minister did not even care for the religious leaders’ words.
“Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s action had not left any other choice other than going to an indefinite strike,” he said.

“He does not have any authority to remove Prof. Carlo Fonseka from the post against the Medical Ordinance,” he said.

Meanwhile, GMOA’s Assistant Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath said that the Government still had time to come to an agreement and put an end to the Health Minister’s arbitrary decisions.

Dr. Herath requested President Maithripala Sirisena to take over the Health Ministry under the President at least for three months to prevent minister’s actions.

Professor Fonseka’s official tenure was to end on December 31, 2016, as SLMC Chairman’s tenure is generally valid for a period of five years, however President Maithripala Sirisena extended his tenure by six more months.

 

 

 

 

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