Sri Lanka’s striking doctors send colleague to hospital

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s striking doctors have sent a fellow medical officer to hospital with a broken nose on the same day they refused to treat thousands of other patients in a bid to spite the government.

Doctors discussing the current crisis over private medical education began punching each other both literally and figuratively with one of them ending with a serious nose bleed on Thursday at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo.

An enraged Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) member hit a colleague on the face using a ceramic cup as his weapon of choice. The victim, a doctor from the National Hospital Colombo was admitted to hospital with a broken nose, another doctor said.

Ironically, the doctor was sent to hospital. on the same day he had refused to attend to hundreds of patients because he was taking part in a GMOA-led strike in solidarity with Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) students who stormed the health ministry on Wednesday.

On Friday morning, the doctor was discharge from the Colombo National Hospital, an official said adding that his condition had improved  overnight.

The GMOA is also being severely criticised for refusing treatment for four po9lice officers who were admitted to the National Hospital after clashes with FSP-led students.

(COLOMBO, June 23, 2017)

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