Doctors’ strike tomorrow

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GMOA announces strike over ‘this and DAT’

By Thilanka Kanakarathna  

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said yesterday, that the medical officers’ work stoppage would be initiated as scheduled islandwide tomorrow (3) as the authorities failed to make a positive response to their trade union demands.  

The GMOA last week called for a work stoppage in both private and public health sectors over ten trade union demands, including the revision of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore and reduction of high taxation upon medical officers and private hospitals.  


However, highly sensitive services and hospitals such as Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Apeksha Hospital Maharagama, De Soysa Maternity Hospital and National Blood Bank would be excluded from the work stoppage.  
GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge said according to the new tax policy, the medical officers and private hospitals that paid a 12 per cent tax have to pay up to 24 per cent of tax.  


Among the ten demands that needed to be resolved also includes issues related to the delay in increasing the disturbance, availability and transport (DAT) allowance paid to medical officers.  


Dr Aluthge said the medical officers including the specialists in the public sector had agreed to resort to strike action, therefore, expecting service disruptions in both private and public health sectors.  


He explained that the GMOA’s intention to safeguard the country’s health Sector as the authorities’ arbitrary decisions had already depreciated the medical officers and had resulted in them to migrate for better employment opportunities.

 

GMOA’s intention is to safeguard country’s health Sector as authorities’ arbitrary decisions had depreciated the medical officers and had resulted in migration

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