GMOA warns of TU ac­tion over SAITM

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY THILANKA KANAKARATHNA

The Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (GMOA) yes­ter­day threat­ened to re­sort to ma­jor coun­try­wide Trade Union (TU) ac­tion next week if the gov­ern­ment failed to re­solve the is­sues re­gard­ing the South Asian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Medicine (SAITM).

GMOA Sec­re­tary Dr. Naween De Soysa told a me­dia brief­ing that the Health and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ters’ ac­tions had forced them to take the de­ci­sion. How­ever, he said the dis­cus­sions they had with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties did not yield a pos­i­tive out­come. “Health Min­is­ter Ra­jitha Se­narathne and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Lak­sh­man Kiriella have failed to per­form their du­ties and thus com­pelled us to re­sort to TU ac­tion,” he said.

Dr. Soysa said that they ex­pected a wise per­son af­ter S B Dis­sanayake to chair the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and al­leged that the gov­ern­ment ap­pointed Min­is­ter Lak­sh­man Kiriella who be­haved like a clown.

“Both the present and the for­mer Min­is­ters in Health and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion who were in­volved at es­tab­lish­ing the SAITM had ne­glected their of­fi­cial duty, “he al­leged.

He fur­ther said the as­so­ci­a­tion had to take stern ac­tion as it is a timely need to secure the pa­tients’ lives which have been risked by the Min­istry’s’ ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­ior said.

Mean­while, Dr. Soysa said pro­posed TU ac­tion would not af­fect the hospi­tal emer­gency ser­vices and doc­tors would at­tend to surg­eries on crit­i­cal pa­tients.

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