Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe rejected a request by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) which sought an appointment to meet him. The request came following the GMOA’s meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.
The Prime Minister told Parliament yesterday that seeking an appointment with him after a meeting with the President and the Health Minister to sort out their grievances showed the GMOA’s lack of trust in the President and the Minister in charge of the subject.
He said that he would not give an appointment to them since he could not waste time to discuss matters which had already been discussed with the President and the Health Minister.
He added he was a busy person. The Prime Minister made these observations in Parliament yesterday making a special statement.
“The GMOA officials had met President Maithripala Sirisena and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. They also asked for an appointment from me,” the Prime Minister said. “But there is no need to meet me, as their meeting with the President and Health Minister would be sufficient to get their problems solved”. The Prime Minister said he criticised the conduct of two senior officials of the GMOA in this Parliament “I do not blame the GMOA, but, two officials. Dr Padeniya of the GMOA was against Maithripala Sirisena during the Presidential elections,” the Prime Minister said. “However, a large number of doctors voted for President Sirisena. Dr Padeniya at least did not stay neutral”.
The Prime Minister further said that if all the doctors unanimously say that Dr Padeniya remained neutral at the Presidential elections like the Dalai Lama did, I would withdraw what I said against him in Parliament.
He added that one could say that Dr. Herath of the GMOA did not campaign for anyone. He also added that they all supported the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.
“If some one says that Padeniya and the other carry water for Mahinda Rajapaksa, we would say they have done something more worse” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said.