Health Minister plays down strike by doctors


Health Minister and cabinet spokesman, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, today played down a strike by doctors which is scheduled to end tomorrow morning.

Senaratna said that the strike organised by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) did not disrupt work at Government hospitals.

Several trade unions representing doctors, dental surgeons, Ayurveda doctors, administrators, surveyors, veterinary surgeons, veterinary research officers, teacher educators, accountants, architects, agriculturists, engineers staged a countrywide token strike today against the government’s budget proposal on vehicle permits.

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that emergency and accident services,  ICU, administration, and a part of OPD at the National Hospitals including island-wide government hospitals had not been affected by the strike.

Dr. Senaratne said that the staged by doctors urging for vehicle permits was unnecessary and that they should have talks with the Government on this matter instead of staging a strike. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Government has somewhat surrendered to Doctors on Permits. Government has failed to mobilise masses and mass media on the benefits of cancellation of permits. Permits enrich very few, for which masses have to pay increased price for goods and services. I cannot understand the political principle under which JVP is supporting permit system, which downs the life of ordinary citizen.

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