GMOA wants Rajapaksas back, says Rajitha
The modus operandi of the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) was to bring the Rajapaksas back to office to keep the SAITM issue alive until next election, Cabinet Spokesman Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne charged yesterday.
He said that the GMOA wanted to prevent an amicable solution to the problem within the term of this Government. He added that a member of the GMOA had been included in the SLPP District nomination lists in all districts with the hope of returning 25 GMOA members as law makers in the next Parliament.
Addressing the weekly Cabinet news briefing, Minister Senaratne said the GMOA was playing a political game and its trade union actions were aimed at placing the Government in difficulty.
He also charged that the GMOA was attempting to give a few brownie points to the Joint Opposition.“they are totally opposed any solution to the SAITM issue. I have evidence that they have threatened medical students, who want to attend lectures. They have threatened parents of medical students, who are keen to send their children to lectures.
“The Jaffna Medical Faculty started yesterday (10) after several months of closure.the GMOA has requested the Vice Chancellor and the Dean of the Medical Faculty to let them talk to medical students at a venue out of the University campus but both have refused it and told if the GMOA wanted to talk to medical students, it must do it within the University campus with the participation of members of the academic staff. “Thus the GMOA’S sinister attempt to disrupt the resumption of lectures at the Jaffna Medical Faculty ended a flop,” Minister Senaratne said.
He said a medical student had been threatened with rape and murder if she attended lectures.
Minister Senaratne said that Prof. Carlo Fonseka, who was currently a champion of the “Close down the SAITM” campaign, once branded the GMOA as the second terrorist outfit in the country after the LTTE. Minister Senaratne pointed out that the GMOA, with a dictatorial policy never conducted a party convention and not let any other group to form a separate trade union for doctors.
“I met a group of parents of medical students and the members of senior academic staff of all the medical faculties recently. They all were of the view that the SAITM issue has been partly resolved on 50-50 basis and only a few steps away from a permanent solution. But the main obstacle to an amicable, sustainable solution is the GMOA,” Minister Senaratne added.