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Sri Lanka doctors refuse to treat wounded police

Jun 22, 2017 18:47 PM GMT+0530 | 9 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Doctors at Sri Lanka’s main hospital refused to treat four police officers who sustained injuries when hundreds of university students stormed the health ministry, official sources said on Thursday.

A total of 60 undergraduates and 4 police – a constable and three Special Task Force (STF) members – were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following Wednesday’s clashes when the Inter-University Students Federation led the storming of the ministry.

Police fired teargas and water canons to disperse the hundreds of students who occupied the ministry building for three hours during which they destroyed furniture, cars and equipment  within the compound.

“A constable from the Bloemendhal police station was taken to hospital at around 5.00 p.m, and even by 9.00 p.m. he had not received any treatment,” a police officer who was with the victim said. “Then, we took him out and admitted him to the police hospital.”

Three STF officers who had been assaulted by the students were similarly refused treatment by government medical officers, and had to be taken out and rushed to another hospital. A medical officer at the hospital said he felt ashamed of the cruel and inhuman treatment to an injured person, but was afraid to speak out openly fearing reprisals from the GMOA trade union.

“We have treated terrorist suspects and saved their lives when they were brought to our hospital by security forces,” the officer said asking not to be named. “It is a shameful act to refuse treatment to police officers.”

The GMOA staged a nation-wide strike on Thursday to express solidarity with the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), which led Wednesday’s storming of the health ministry to protest private medical education.

A hospital source said, out of the 60 students admitted to the National Hospital Colombo on Wednesday, only three girls remained under treatment, while the others had been discharged. (COLOMBO, June 22, 2017)



  1. Edithara Lankaputhra June 23, 11:12 AM

    Authorities should follow the rule of Singapore if they really want to see a prosperous Country... Mr.Lee Kuvan Yew learnt how Sri Lanka was ruled in the 60's and adopted such rules to developed Singapore to it's development status. Our Authorities should not not pamper this type of arrogant action,Irrespective of their political future they must do what is best for present and future generations of the country otherwise we will only produce Housemaids and unskilled labourers for Middle East and ultimately surrender the country to China.

  2. Nana June 23, 09:07 AM

    Ban Private practice for Govt Doctors, all these issues will be solved.Also charge income tax as usual also for them

  3. Local June 23, 07:31 AM

    Then they should complain to medical council.

  4. Indra June 23, 05:34 AM

    Doctors are sworn to treat patients without any discrimination. They are bound to treat the enemies even on a war time. The Doctors who refuse to treat must be sacked and cancelled their licenses.

  5. Bawa June 23, 02:18 AM

    This is untrue I was one of the attending doctors at the hospital this happened.
    One police officer was sent to cardiology unit for stenting it was done promptly as he developed a heart attack during the protest. Three were admitted for observation and another for a minor wound toilet.
    As their injuries were not severe they would have been sent to police hospital for further management. Please check your sources before publishing.

  6. sunanda June 23, 01:39 AM

    It is a real insult to the medical profession by refusing to treat these police officers who were injured during the riots by idiots who were backed by the GMOA.
    Doctors who are involved in this despicable treatment should be reported to the SLMC for disciplinary action and the stupid 60 idiots who were injured should be arrested and they should be removed from University and taken to Courts for riots and destruction of Govt. property.
    Government should not molly coddle these stupid GMOA arrogant leadership idiots.

  7. Ralahami June 22, 11:20 AM

    The govt. should arrest these docs and in the future they need to arrest when they go on stike-which is against their oath. These docs think they are the smartest people by killing innocent people with wrong meds.
    Its a shame because theyse docs do not know anything about medicine but to make money-when they migrate to other countries about 90 of them fail because of their lack of intelligence-in the USA there are so many who cant even pass the board exams and some of them lost licenses due to malpractice-basically SL doctors are a bunch of idiots and the govt need to create private universities to have better competition. But these uneducated politicians ruin the country-feel bad for poor sri lankans. during 1996 I can remember weerawansa-aka booruwansa didn't have 2 rupees to make a phone call, and Gotabaya lived in a small apartment in LA barely making 2000/a month. How these uneducated people amassed money-they should be hanged.

  8. Dhanush June 22, 09:18 AM

    will they fight for our right of free medical service and retain from private practice e forever

  9. ANdrew June 22, 07:52 AM

    There are laws to prevent these happening. Why cannot government prosecute the people who refuse to treat people in hospital? We need leaders for the country. The department of Health is a mess. Rajitha talk only, no work purely has no leadership, sad for this stupid country.

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