Government doctors threaten to strike if demands are not met by July 16
ECONOMYNEXT- The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is warning that unless the government moves swiftly to clear bureaucratic delays in appointments and transfers they will take trade union action after 16 July.
In a statement, the union said that currently there are more than 2,000 medical officers working on temporary appointments who had completed their internships more than two years ago.
The union says they are due for full-time appointments, and that the union had prepared the criteria for the appointments and handed it over to the Health Minister and the Public Service Commission.
The GMOA is demanding government action regarding the disruption of new medical appointments and transfers and justice for the medical officers who exposed the medicine mafia.
Moreover, it said that the Ministry of Health and the Public Service Commission has not yet released the list of annual transfers for Grade Medical Officers that should have been executed on 1 January 2020.
The statement also said that the government has also failed to publish 4 lists regarding transfers to medical officers in North and East and added that there are about 6000 medical officers awaiting transfers and permanent appointments.
Further, the union sought protection for the Medical Officers who exposed the alleged medicine mafia. It claims that it was the only organisation that stood up against corruption when emergency purchases of medicine were made.
The union alleges that the emergency purchases were done by “creating an artificial shortage of medicine even though there were Rs 200 bn allocations for medicine at the time Rajitha Senaratne was the Health Minister.”
It said even though allegations regarding corruption in the health ministry, National Blood Transfusion centre and 11 other were proved with evidence by the Presidential Commission appointed by the former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Health Minister Senaratne and the director of the National Blood Transfusion Centre who were found guilty by the commission remain unpunished.
GMOA states that if no positive response comes from the government for the mentioned matter within the next two weeks trade union action will be taken after the central committee meeting on 16 July.
The statement also states that they did not hesitate to take trade union action to correct these matters before a possible second COVID-19 wave for the own good of the people. (Colombo/July6/2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe