Medical health officers’ strike against Minister Thondaman continues

Medical health officers’ strike against Minister Thondaman continues

Medical health officers’ strike against Minister Thondaman continues

Written by Bella Dalima

19 Jun, 2014 | 9:53 pm

The strike action launched by the medical health officers of the Nuwara Eliya district in protest of an incident where Minister Arumugam Thondaman is alleged to have threatened the MOH Kotagala, continued Thursday as well.

Another round of discussions were held with the Minister of Health in this regard.

The GMOA says that steps will be taken to temporarily suspend the strike action — which was scheduled to take place in all government hospitals in the Nuwara Eliya district — because of the assurances given by the Minister of Health that they would intervene.

Thirteen offices — which operate in Nuwara Eliya, Kotagala, Lithula, Bagawanthalawe, Maskeliya, Ambagamuwe, Mathurata; and also Nawathisspaney, Walapane, Haguranketha, Kotmale, Ragala and areas which falls under the purview of the Central Province — had implemented the strike action.

Dr. Shanthi Samarasinghe, director of health services in the Central Province, said that 20 officers engaged in the strike action.

Meanwhile, subsequent to discussions held between the Executive Committee of the Government Medical Officers Association, its members also attended a discussion with the Minister of Health on Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Samantha Ananda , the Media Committee representative of Government Medical Officers Association, expressed these views:

“Over the past few years, a number of incidents where Minister Thondaman used his powers to inconvenience the public have been reported. The minister was produced before court for threatening the district mediacal officer attached to the Dikoya Hospital in 1998. In 2002, the minister came under much scrutiny for forcefully entering the Borella Police Station and sitting on the seat of the OIC … The minister was at the centre of much controversy in 2002, after being charged with threatening a doctor of the Homagama District Hospital. Charges were leveled against the minister for obstructing the duties of the police OIC of Thalawakele and conducting a public rally just days before the last central provincial council election.”

During another incident the minister was charged with obstructing the duties of a media personnel during the Ceylon Workers Congress may day rally.

Indian media reported in 2012 that minister Thondaman had behaved in a disruptive manner at a hotel in Kovai, Tamil Nadu, India.



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