Galle docs strike today over Mayor’s conduct

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

All government doctors in the Galle District will go on a 24-hour strike from 8.00 a.m. today in protest against the failure of the police to arrest Galle Mayor Methsiri de Silva.

The Mayor is alleged to have obstructed and abused a Medical Officer of Health.

Assistant Secretary of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Dr. Nalin Ariyaratne told The Island yesterday that they had warned of this action and expected the police to implement the law. "It seems that the police are not taking any action and we have to demand justice," he said.

Galle Mayor Methsiri de Silva, on September 19, had obstructed MOH Dr Venura Singarachchi and abused him verbally in front of the latter’s office staff, Dr Ariyaratne alleged. On the same day Dr. Singarachchi had lodged a complaint with the Galle police, but no action had been taken so far to arrest the mayor, the GMOA said.

Dr. Ariyaratne said more than 1,000 doctors, Family Health Workers and even the Public Health Inspectors’ unions had expressed their support to the GMOA’s trade union action.

The Galle Mayor vehemently denied allegations being levelled against him.

Police Media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said the case had been referred to the Conciliation Board.

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