The Government Medical Officers Association will launch an indefinite island wide strike action from 8 this morning.
GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen de Zoysa when contacted by NewsRadio said the strike will be launched at all hospitals attributing the trade union action to several unresolved issues.
Member of the GMOA Dr. Prasad Colambage speaking to NewsRadio said the strike will be based on seven key demands, including equal access to health services in all parts of the country.
However, Dr. Colambage said the strike will not be carried out at children’s hospitals, maternity hospitals, cancer hospitals, and COVID treatment centres while Intensive Care Units and vaccination centres at hospitals will continue operations.
He added daily functions such as OPDs and ward services will be suspended.
Dr. Colambage said the Ministry of Health could have prevented the strike from being initiated yet failed to respond to their demands.