The Government Medical Officers’ Association says it will stage a 24-hour token strike at state hospitals in five districts from 8am.
Accordingly, the trade union action will affect services at state hospitals in the Mannar, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya and Ratnapura districts.
The GMOA said however emergency services will not be affected due to the strike.
Speaking during a media briefing Secretary of the GMOA Dr. Senal Fernando said they are protesting over the deployment of post-internship doctors without the approval of the transfer board.
Dr. Fernando said a very serious situation has arisen due to the matter adding Mannar, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Nuwara Eliya and Ratnapura districts are facing major issues in maintaining the health sector.
He said district offices of the GMOA had pointed out that hospitals in these districts are at the brink due to arbitrary actions, erroneous procedures and disregarding recommendations of the transfer board by the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and the Acting Director General of Health Services when posting doctors.
Dr. Senal Fernando said they would not hesitate to intensify the strike, if their demands are not met.
Meanwhile, Secretary of the GMOA Dr. Senal Fernando noted that doctors will not be available to handle coronavirus infected persons held at intermediary treatment centres.
Dr. Fernando said even without any trade union action, doctors were not available to treat persons held at several intermediary centres.
He said the transfer board was working meticulously to address the issue.
Dr. Senal Fernando said however due to arbitrary decisions by the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, the public especially COVID-19 patients will face inconveniences.