Docs threaten strike in two week unless ...



By Don Asoka Wijewardena


The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday morning decided to launch a countrywide indefinite strike in two weeks in protest against the Health Ministry’s failure to implement the doctors’ service minute.


GMOA committee member Dr. Navin De Soysa told The Island that around 17,000 medical officers attached to the GMOA would participate in the strike unless the government implemented the service minute within two weeks.


Dr. Soysa said that due to the non-implementation of the service minute, numerous problems in the medical profession had arisen. Transfers, recruitment, appointments, payments of due allowances, holiday payments, due promotions had been withheld as a result.


The Public Administration Ministry, Health Ministry, Finance Ministry and the Salaries and Cadre Commission had approved the service minute and submitted it to the Public Service Commission for approval. But so far the PSC had not approved it, he said.


Dr. Soysa added that the GMOA could not remain silent over the issue any longer.


When contacted Health Secretary Dr.Nihal Jayathilaka said that after making some amendments to the service minute it had been submitted to the PSC for approval. It was the PSC which had to approve it and gazette it but the Health Ministry had not received the service minute, he said.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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