Doctors’ four hour strike tomorrow extended to 24 hours

Sunday, 21 May 2017 - 19:10

The strike action of the Government Medical Officers’ Association scheduled to take place tomorrow based on 5 demands including the SAITM issue, has been extended to 24 hours from its original plan of four hours.

Editor of the GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath stated that the island wide strike action, which will commence at 8 AM tomorrow, will not affect maternity and children’s hospitals, Apeksha hospital, and Renal Care Units.

Furthermore, government doctors have also decided to refrain from private channelling services tomorrow.

The strike action will be launched based on the government attacking university students who engaged in an anti – SAITM protest march, failure to arrest those who hurled a grenade at the SLMC premises and for failing to enforce the law against those who were involved in the shooting incident involving the former chief executive officer of SAITM.

Furthermore, failure to commence an investigation into the complaint filed by the GMOA with the Bribery and Corruption Commission on SAITM students being granted permission to use government hospitals for their clinical training, is another reason for the strike action.  

Speaking at a press briefing in Colombo today, editor of the GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath stated that the government’s agenda of suppressing trade union leaders was also a reason behind extending their strike action.

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