Docs postpone indefinite strike by ten days



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By Don Asoka Wijewardena


The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Executive Committee at a special meeting held yesterday decided to postpone its strike scheduled for today by ten days.


 Health Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, on the recommendation made by the Public Service Commission (PSC) would issue a special notification on the grading of doctors within ten days. But the most important part of the doctors’ service minute remained unsolved, GMOA Committee member Dr. Navin de Soysa said at a media conference held at the GMOA head office.


 Dr. de Soysa pointed out that the transfer scheme of consultants in the minute had not been approved by the PSC though the Cabinet had approved it. It was sheer madness that the PSC was seeking to obtain another Cabinet approval for the transfer scheme of the consultants.


 The officials attached to the PSC had better read the Cabinet approval meticulously and understand the orders given, he said. The GMOA was of the view that the PSC was unable to understand the contents of the Cabinet decision. The Cabinet never wanted only one section of the minute approved, he added.


 Dr.de Soysa said that the GMOA would not launch the scheduled strike today. It would wait ten days for the consultants’ transfer scheme of the service minute to be gazetted. If there was no positive response by then from the relevant parties the GMOA would not hesitate to strike, he said.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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