Docs wonder if new govt. will implement National Wage Policy

by Don Asoka Wijewardena                                                                           

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said yesterday that it would meet Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on January 26 to discuss the implementation of the National Wage Policy.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Navin de Soysa, addressing a media briefing, said the National Wage Policy had been introduced in 2006 to the satisfaction of all public sector professionals.

Prior to the Presidential election the GMOA met the then Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundara, who issued a circular increasing by Rs.15,000 their Disturbance, Availability and Transport Allowance to Rs.40,000. Even the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his Budget 2015 had mentioned the contents of the National Wage Policy amounting to 1: 4.25 ratio. But the GMOA was doubtful whether the new government would implement the announced ratio or not, Dr. Soysa said.

Dr. Soysa warned that many doctors affiliated to the branch unions were keen to see the ratio implemented. If the new government did not implement it there would be trade union action. The GMOA would also meet Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayaka, Health Secretary R.M.B Dissanayaka and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, as interim budget proposals were being prepared by the new government, Dr. Soysa said.

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