Thousands of patients stranded in Sri Lanka as doctors strike
Posted on May 17th, 2018

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia

Colombo, May 17 ( – Thousands of patients were stranded in Sri Lanka on Thursday as healthcare facilities in state hospitals came to a standstill following a strike launched by doctors from the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA).

Local media reported that the GMOA began the strike on Thursday morning and will end it on Friday.

It is being staged against the recently signed Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore and a proposed ETCA Agreement with India.

Thousands of patients stranded in Sri Lanka as doctors strike

Deputy Director of Cardiology and OPD services of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Dr. Cyril De Silva told local journalists that healthcare services at the Out Patient Department and other clinical treatments were crippled because of the strike.

Emergency treatment units, emergency admissions and emergency surgeries were however operational.

The GMOA have alleged that the FTA signed with Singapore will have consequences on the Sri Lankan economy and have urged the government to reconsider.

GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge told the local Daily Mirror that President Maithripala Sirisena had on Thursday given a discussion date on May 22 to discuss the controversial FTA with Singapore.

However, GMOA Executive Committee has decided not to call off this strike because President Sirisena had not given us any guarantee to resolve this issue. Accordingly, the strike will continue until tomorrow morning,” he said

One Response to “Thousands of patients stranded in Sri Lanka as doctors strike”

  1. Hiranthe Says:

    Is it only Doctors realised the dangers of these agreements?

    How about other professions??

    Usually Doctors are the last to bother about country and issues like this because they are closely in allegiance with Big Pharmaceutical companies.

    However, it is great to see them standing against this hooligan Yahaps.

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