The Government Medical Officers Association says the main reason behind the health union strike is the government resolving the teacher-principal salary anomalies outside of the national salaries policy.
Addressing a media briefing yesterday, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen de Zoysa said certain groups are attempting to create a notion that the health service should be privatised.
Dr. de Zoysa said one demand of health workers includes addressing the injustice they are faced with by the government addressing only the teacher principal salary anomalies.
He said the government should have protected the national salaries policy and should have resorted to alternative methods to resolve the teacher principal issue or restricted themselves to addressing the matter within the salaries policy.
Dr. de Zoysa said the health sector is moving towards a 2003 era where protests are being held over 185 days of the 365 days a year.
He charged that the responsibility should be borne by the government that failed to reach wise decisions.