The Government Medical Officers Association says relevant authorities have failed to respond despite being informed of the island wide strike action that was launched yesterday based on seven demands.
Member of the GMOA Dr. Prasad Ranaweera speaking at a media briefing said the President and Prime Minister must intervene and provide a solution to their concerns.
Dr. Ranaweera informed the public that emergency services will be provided at all hospitals, despite the ongoing trade union action.
He added only OPD services will be halted during the strike. Dr. Ranaweera said children’s hospitals, maternity hospitals, the cancer hospital, kidney hospital, and obstetrics and gynaecology hospitals will continue to operate.
He noted the public was battered by the COVID-19 pandemic for two years, adding doctors and the health sector put their lives at risk for the people during this time.
He claimed in some hospitals doctors worked according to two rosters amidst the pandemic.
Dr. Ranaweera added specialists’ doctors are discouraged over the actions of the Secretary of the Ministry of Health in relation to post internship appointments.
He said doctors believe the Health Ministry and the GMOA will serve them justice through the transfer board, when making appointments.
He noted however doctors are disappointed as a result of the appointment process being politicised, and the transfer board being abolished.
Dr. Ranaweera said specialist doctors who are overseas for further education will also be notified of the matter and they will opt against returning to the country, as it is a lawless state that has no recognition.
He noted when there are fewer specialist doctors at hospitals in rural areas, it is the people in the area that will be affected, and not politicians.
He said therefore the GMOA is engaged in a struggle to protect the people’s rights.