Doctor’s token strike makes OPD, clinical services ‘sick’
All OPD treatment and the clinical services were at a standstill due
to the second token strike launched this week, demanding the removal of
the Hospital Director. The token strike was launched yesterday.
Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) secretary of the
Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital branch Dr. Sampath told the Daily News
they would continue the trade union action if the Health Ministry fails
to address their demand.
In the meantime, a special investigation team of the Ministry headed
by Dr. W. M. B. Wijekoon with Ministry Flying Squad’s Assistant
Secretary Sudath Rathnaweera and several officials are investigating
several issues which led to the row between the hospital administration
and the doctors of the GMOA since October 23.
When inquired, Director of the Hospital Dr. Sarath Weerabandara said
he has not been informed about any token strike by the organisers and he
had information that a small group of doctors has launched a strike.
A spokesman of the GMOA branch Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital told
that the token strike was successful and all the doctors joined it.
Official appointed to supervise A’pura Hospital administration
Arrangements have been made to resolve problems at the Anuradhapura
Hospital, the Health Ministry stated.
Dr. W.M. Wijekoon, former planning director of the Ministry, a very
senior officer in the medical administrative service has been appointed
to supervise the administration of the Anuradhapura hospital.
An officer of the Special Investigation Unit of the Ministry has been
detailed to look into complaints made on the current situation at the
All steps have been taken to ensure the normal functioning of the
hospital for which the striking doctors would extend their cooperation,
Deputy Director General, Dr. Wimal Jayantha said.