GMOA, TUs to strike in first week of 2016
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) confirmed that they along with other trade unions will go on strike, in the first week of January 2016, over unresolved issues pertaining to the 2016 Budget, the private medical college in Malabe and the proposed Indo-Sri Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA).
Secretary of the GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath said that plans to take trade union action this week would be postponed as they would embark on a massive awareness programme to make the public, MPs and all public servants aware of the said problems.
“The Government has decided to increase the basic salary of all State employees by Rs 2,500. This comes after 10 years. This is a good move which will however damage the national wage policy. A ratio of 1:4 must be maintained.
With this increase it will not expand but become compressed to 1:3.5. In the long term, this will damage the public service and encourage brain drain,” he opined.
This Government will surely abolish the pension scheme, Dr. Herath observed.
Presently, all senior grade State employees get a vehicle, driver plus maintenance and while only MPs got vehicle permits duty free, doctors received only duty concessions, he explained, adding that now the vehicle permits with duty concessions would be given to doctors only for every 10 year time period and this too only twice in their entire lifetime in the service.
“Privatization is a question regarding the State’s policy. Government hospitals are being used to provide clinical training to students of this private medical college in Malabe and while SAITM gets over Rs 11 million from a student, the Government is paid a paltry sum for the provision of the training in hospitals run by public funds. This is unfair. The SAITM must be taken over by the State and amalgamated with the national education system,” Dr. Herath pointed out.
(Source: Ceylon Today – By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody)
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Those politic fools also never learn and they think they can fool people again and again forever…
sick characters do not realize its the poor man that gets affected
these so called educated doctors forget that they are born free in government hospitals educated free in government schools graduate free in government universities on the expense of the poor mans tax money collected from all consumer items. once these so called educated doctors pass out they take up an oath which they even do not know the bloody meaning of
sad part these educated guys go on private practice and earn fleece the poor patients that have to sometimes pawn jewelry to seek medical treatment as the same doctors do not visit the government clinics as they on some sort of strike for a car permit or a trade agreement with another country which is not their business at all
these sick so called educated doctors should never forget the poor and remember when they go on strike hundreds of thousands of poor patients curse is on them
its a disgrace to the medical profession and the oath they take
Doctors demands are unfair.They had free education up to university level out of public funds. They claim that government senior officers are given officials with drivers which is not correct. Doctors are given more facilities in hospitals which other senior officers are not entitled.They do private practice while on duty.They threaten that they leave country for greener pasture.Let them leave.Srl Lanka need the doctors who know the heartbeat of poors
Bulshit…are the only people doctors who have learned from free education. What about you guy? Yes we came through free education and we didn’t waste government money. We came up to our target. Now we serve our service to the society.