GMOA WANTS RA­JITHA RE­MOVED AND AR­RESTED

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The Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion (GMOA) yes­ter­day urged Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena in writ­ing to re­move Ra­jitha Se­naratne from his of­fice as the Health Min­is­ter and ar­rest him with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, GMOA Sec­re­tary Dr. Harith Aluthge said le­gal ac­tion should be taken against Min­is­ter Se­naratne for his un­due in­ter­ven­tion to the probe be­ing car­ried out against Dr. Siyab­deen Mo­hamed Safi who was alleged to have per­formed ster­il­iza­tion on women.

“The GMOA has no faith

Be­sides, we have re­ceived cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion that the Min­is­ter is at­tempt­ing to di­rectly in­ter­vene into the case

in the min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee ap­pointed to probe against the Ku­rune­gala doc­tor. We can’t ex­pect an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into the in­ci­dent from the com­mit­tee as far as it is un­der Min­is­ter Se­naratne,” Dr. Aluthge said.

“Be­sides, we have re­ceived cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion that the Min­is­ter is at­tempt­ing to di­rectly in­ter­vene into the case and make in­flu­ence on the di­rec­tor of the Ku­rune­gala Hos­pi­tal,” he added.

He said they had stressed on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions that Ra­jitha Se­naratne was not el­i­gi­ble to the Health Min­is­ter post and had been act­ing ar­bi­trar­ily.

There­fore, they urged the Pres­i­dent to take over the min­istry and to ap­point a par­tial com­mit­tee un­der his di­rec­tives.

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