GMOA strike continues – Patients severely inconvenienced
The island-wide strike action launched by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) over several demands including the transfer of doctors without the approval of the Transfer Board, continues today (December 22) for the second day.
Patients who had arrived at hospitals seeking medical treatment were highly inconvenienced.
Meanwhile, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Samantha Ananda told the media that as they had not yet received any solid and satisfactory response from the Health Ministry, they would continue the strike tomorrow as well.
They resorted to trade union action over several demands and against the arbitrary move by the Secretary to the Ministry of Health to grant post internship appointments.
However, emergency services at all hospitals have not been disrupted during the time of the strike while the strike does not affect the functions at maternity hospitals, children’s hospitals, Cancer Hospital, Maharagama.
Meanwhile, Director General of Health Ministry (Medical Services) Dr G. Wijesuriya said no fault had taken place from their side as the internship appointments had been made based on merit order in a transparent manner.
Do they care?
Where is the Oath of Hippocrates?
Maybe they have a separate oath to the money gods !!!!
Because SL doctors on strike has taken the ‘Oath of Hippopotamus & Sloth’.
It is time for the people on the street to take the law inti their hands when these unions hold the government to ransom. Don’t worry, only a small proportion of SL doctors can find jobs in developed countries against the myth. They have to study and pass another exam or exams to show their level of medical education and abilities are at the level of doctors in those countries. Exam fees are high and the majority fail the exam until they repeat few times. Until they pass, they have to live on their own money. Public dish out the money for their education and grants. Public have the right to expect the service and punish them when the government is ineffective. Leave the patient at home to prevent their identities. Go with some good collection stones!! That fits the current well timed industrial action by SL doctors.