GMOA wants Ra­japak­sas back, says Ra­jitha

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY SAN­DUN A JAYASEK­ERA

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.

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