Army to look into allegations raised by GMOA against officer

A Military officer has been accused of intimidating the Head of the Sampathnuwara District Hospital in the Northern Province.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Chandana Wickremesinghe told Colombo Gazette the Military is looking into the alleged incident involving its officer.

In a letter to the Health Minister, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said Brigadier K.K.S. Parakum had verbally abused the Head of the Sampathnuwara District Hospital.

As a result, the GMOA is compelled to withdraw the services at the hospital as a trade union measure, considering the safety of its members.

In its letter, the GMOA pointed out that during the war its doctors had treated the Military with dignity to ensure the moral and medical backup to armed forces and Police to combat terrorism in the country.

However, the behaviour of Brigadier K.K.S. Parakum has failed to meet the expected standards of disciplinary of the armed forces and failed to ensure the dignity of doctors and fellow citizens.

The GMOA further said that it has informed the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva on the incident to take action in this regard.

The Ministry of Health has also been requested to take necessary measures to ensure safe working conditions for the Sampathnuwara hospital for the best interest of the patients, the GMOA added. (Colombo Gazette)