GMOA to meet PSC, Health Min. Sec. to re­solve 'il­le­gal' is­sues

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion ( GMOA) will be meet­ing the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) and the Health Min­istry Sec­re­tary next week for fur­ther dis­cus­sions.

GMOA Sec­re­tary Dr Haritha Aluthge told the Sun­day Times they have re­ceived an ap­point­ment to meet the PSC to dis­cuss mat­ters re­gard­ing the PostIn­tern­ship Ap­point­ments list.

The GMOA ex­pressed its ob­jec­tion to­wards the Post-In­tern­ship Ap­point­ments due to its il­le­gal­ity.

They claimed the list only has the sig­na­ture of the Di­rec­tor of Med­i­cal Ser­vices Prof. Priyan­tha Atha­p­aththu and se­condly, the list which has to be shared via the of­fi­cial web­site of the Health Min­istry, has been pub­lished on so­cial me­dia.

“The Govt has to in­ves­ti­gate the il­le­gal mat­ters crop­ping up in the Med­i­cal field,” he said.

Mean­while, the GMOA op­posed the ap­point­ment of Prof Colvin Gu­narathne as the new Chair­man of the Sri Lanka Med­i­cal Coun­cil ( SLMC). Dr Aluthge claims the ap­point­ment is po­lit­i­cal and clearly goes against the wishes of the Pres­i­dent and the Prime Min­is­ter.

“Both the Pres­i­dent and the Prime Min­is­ter wanted the ap­pointee to be an ac­cept­able one and, in fact, the Prime Min­is­ter had re­jected Prof Gu­narathne’s name be­cause he was once on the Na­tional List,” he said.

The GMOA stated that Prof Gu­naratne al­ways had a pro-SAITM plan in mind dur­ing his years as an SLMC mem­ber. Dr Aluthge said they had writ­ten to the Pres­i­dent and the Prime Min­is­ter re­gard­ing their con­cerns over Prof Gu­narathne’s ap­point­ment and to in­ves­ti­gate it.

The GMOA will de­cide on fur­ther trade union ac­tions af­ter next week's dis­cus­sions.

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