Docs warn of all out strike

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday warned that it would launch a countrywide strike if the government failed to implement the doctors’ service minute.

GMOA Spokesman Dr. Naveen De Zoysa alleged that the Health Ministry had failed to introduce amendments made by a circular issued in June 2006. The ministry’s failure would affect doctors’ promotions and cause a drop in the number of medical officers doing postgraduate studies, he said.

The amendments had been introduced to the 1991 Service minute, Dr. Zoysa said, adding that the GMOA had held several discussions in this regard with the Ministries of Health and Public Administration and the Salaries and Cadres Commission (PSC) and they all had agreed on the need to expedite the process of introducing the 2006 amendments and implementing the service minute.

However, now the matter was stuck with the PSC and there seemed to be no hurry in getting things done, Dr. Zoysa said.

The GMOA Spokesman said his association had decided to resort to a strike and a final decision would be taken on Sunday (29).

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