Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's powerful doctors' union, Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) plans to launch a 24 hour token strike in hospitals under the purview of the North Central Provincial Council in the Polonnaruwa district.
The GMOA however, said the strike would not be effective in the Polonnaruwa General Hospital.
GMOA's Polonnaruwa district coordinator, Dr. Sanjeewa Amarasinghe said the strike will commence at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
The union decided to launch a strike in order to demand a report on an inquiry carried out into an administrative Public Health Inspector (PHI) of Hingurakgoda.
The PHI in question was previously a member of the Sri Lanka Navy and was appointed to the post of PHI by the Health Ministry.
Dr. Amarasinghe, explaining that the appointment is a violation of the Establishment code (E code), added that the PHI has also failed to obey several instructions of the Health Ministry and an inquiry was held on his conduct.
Continuous requests by the GMOA for the report on the inquiry have been ignored by the authorities and the Association has therefore decided to hold a token strike in the Polonnaruwa district.