Medical officers countrywide join GMOA’s strike – patients speak of pain and suffering

Medical officers countrywide join GMOA’s strike – patients speak of pain and suffering

Medical officers countrywide join GMOA’s strike – patients speak of pain and suffering

Written by Staff Writer

04 Jul, 2016 | 9:00 pm

The Government Medical Officers’ Association staged a four-hour long token strike, citing several demands, including the closure of the Private Medical College in Malabe.

Colombo National Hospital, the Government Medical Officers’ Association said that the Government Dental Surgeons’ Association as well as the Government Ayurveda Medical Officers’ Association took part in the token strike. They say that they strongly oppose the move to register the Private Medical College in Malabe under the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

Patients who had arrived at the Colombo National Hospital since early Monday morning were forced to stay in long queues for hours due to the token strike.

National Eye Hospital

The Out Patients Department of the National Eye Hospital was dysfunctional, causing severe discomfort among the many patients who had arrived to the hospital for treatment from areas as Anuradhapura and Ampara.

Some patients had arrived for treatment after spending large sums money for taxis.

A patient speaking of  their woes stated:

It would not have mattered if we had money. But we spent Rs.2000  to get here only to be turned back. This is a crime. I am from Kelani Mulla.

The token strike was in effect in hospitals  as Chilaw as well as in divisional hospitals outside Colombo.

Chilaw Hospital

The family of a patient said:

We are close to the due date. We need to get the final scan done. We would not come here if we had money. There is nothing else we could do but die. We do not know what to do

Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital

A mother who had arrived to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital early this morning from Kekirawa for a kidney related problem, was turned back and asked to return next month. Her family speaking to News1st said:

Tell us, what do we do to this patient. We come here because we have no money. This is really unfair what these doctors are doing to these patients. They are not saving lives, they are taking lives. Will they take responsibility if something happens?

Meanwhile, Secretary of GMOA, Dr. Navin de Zoysa stated that the Medical Council has asked them not graduate from there, but they did. Filed a court case stating they learn, make mistakes but the degree has to be accepted by the government.

He added that they try to make their dreams a reality on top corpses of patients. Explaining further, he added that an emergency meeting of the Central Committee was convened as they are prepared to make decisions based on any changes.

Medical Faculty students from the Peradeniya and Ruhunu universities also staged a protest against the Private Medical College in Malabe.

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