May 05, Colombo: The strike launched by the state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) throughout the island's hospitals on Friday proved to be unsuccessful, the state media reported.
It has been reported that the GMOA strike demanding the closure of private medical college was not supported by many hospitals and provision of clinical treatment was carried out as usual.
The general public, who receive free health care from state hospitals point out that state doctors in Sri Lanka, who receive free medical education with the tax payer's money, engage in strikes sacrificing the lives of the same public who fund their education.
President of the Consultant Doctors' Association, Dr. Asoka Gunathilake said he was in no way connected to the GMOA strike.
Meanwhile, the National Campaign for Protecting Patients' Rights questions whether the doctors have ever taken to the streets on any day on behalf of the people.
Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said the GMOA had only one goal that is to bring the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa back to power.
The Doctors' union has said that their goal is to bring the outpatient services to a standstill.