Written by Tharushan Fernando
03 Jul, 2016 | 8:49 pm
Government medical officers are preparing to launch yet another token strike on Monday.The token strike is being launched in protest against the private medical college.
Editor for the GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath stated that the Government Medical Officers Association will launch an countrywide token strike from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday.
He added that two chairmen of the Medical Council resigned over the issue surrounding this private medical college because both Prof. Lalitha Mendis and Prof. H.H.R. Samarasekera were influenced to step down.
“His house was bombed. Former Registrar Dr. Nonis was attacked”, charged the GMOA editor who pointed out that all of this was surrounding the private medical college. And in the future the government may have to face an international inquiry over the harm caused to integrity of the medical service.
GMOA Media Spokesperson Dr. Samantha Ananda noted that during the course of this strike action all measures have been taken to ensure that all essential services will function without any disruption at all hospitals in the country.
“Our primary objective is to give the government the message to resolve this issue before it becomes more sensitive than it already is and to avoid any hindrance to the general public”, he said
Meanwhile, several other trade unions in the health sector have pledged their support to the Government Medical Officers Association.
General Secretary of the All Ceylon Medical Officers’ Union, Dr. Jayantha Bandara ssaid that tomorrow’s trade union action is “just the beginning and if measures are not taken to close this institution down there will be continuous trade union action in the future”.
Chairman of the All Ceylon Welfare Association, Samantha Koralearachchi said
Ten trade unions will be taking part in this trade union action. This will be a four-hour long token strike and several other unions attached to the Health Ministry have already announced that they too will be taking part in this token strike.
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