GMOA says talks not secret; rejects cabinet decision

The Government Medical Officers’s Association (GMOA) today denied claims that talks it had with President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday were secret talks.

Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the GMOA will never have secret talks with the Government.

Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne had said yesterday the GMOA had a “secret” meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena.

Senaratne told reporters that there was no official statement on the meeting held last Saturday as it was not an official discussion.

He said the President had informed the GMOA the meeting on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue is not official and that it is a secret meeting.

Meanwhile the GMOA also rejected a cabinet decision taken on the SAITM issue. Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the cabinet decision was one which played into the hands of the Dr. Neville Fernando hospital.


Cabinet approved a joint cabinet paper on SAITM and the Dr. Neville Fernando hospital.

The cabinet paper proposes that there are no more talks with the GMOA on the SAITM issue. (Colombo Gazette)