ACGMOA barking up the wrong tree – GMOA

by Don Asoka Wijewardena

The All Ceylon Government Medical Officers’ Association (ACGMOA) yesterday lodged a complaint against the Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka at the Human Rights Commission for not implementing the Doctors’ Service Minute.

ACGMOA General Secretary Dr. Jayantha Bandara when contacted said that in accordance with the No 6 Circular of 2006 issued by the Public Administration Ministry, the service minute had to be implemented, but so far no action had been taken to do so.

He said that the service minute included promotional scheme of all the doctors, salaries in different grades, holiday payments and increments. Due to the non-implementation of the minute many problems had cropped up in theā€ˆHealth Ministry, he said.

Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, contacted for comment, said that two high officials at the Public Service Commission (PSC) had been blocking the implementation of the service minute approved by the relevant Ministries.

He said the service minute had been introduced in 1991. When he became GMOA President 2010 he had brought  the issue to the notice of the Salaries and Cadre Commission. After one year it had been presented to the Public Administration which approved it, he added. Thereafter it had been referred to the Finance Secretary and President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunge, who approved it. Finance Secretary had gazetted it and informed the PSC to approve and implement it. But, the PSC had not approved it for the last 10 years, Dr. Padeniya said.

Dr. Padeniya added that the PSC was deliberately delaying the implementation process. He said the GMOA would advise trade unions to go to the Human Rights Commission not against the Health Secretary as he had approved it but against the PSC. It was two officials of the PSC who were delaying the implementation process, he said.

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