The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) informed that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was presently receiving a number of telephone calls from the Prime Minister’s Office influencing the CID to accelerate and expedite the investigation into their professional body.
General Secretary of the GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath said that they had sufficient evidence to prove that the doctor, on whose complaint the CID investigation is based on, is a strong supporter of Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake, especially at the last General Elections.
Dr. Herath was questioned on February 12 for over one hour by the CID in relation to a printing mistake cum typographical error in a booklet launched by the GMOA in 2012 regarding the establishment of a specialist registry and the introduction of an evaluation procedure for foreign medical specialists on the hazards of unqualified Indian doctors practicing in Sri Lankan private hospitals including the risk to the lives of patients.
The CID informed me that they wanted to speak to President of the GMOA, Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya too regarding this matter and at present we are seeking legal advice concerning this, he added.
The GMOA will convene an emergency meeting of the professional organization’s General Committee next week in order to discuss further action, which could also include a strike as a possible option, Dr. Herath mentioned.
“As per our knowledge, we believe that this is not a matter to be inquired into by the CID. The Government is trying to fix us for some case in order to prevent our interventions against the Indo-Sri Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperative Agreement (ETCA) and the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), both of which are matters pertaining to which we are having confrontations with the Government and we have attempted to educate the public about. We are presently making our Membership aware of the situation and what is taking place. We are making other trade unions aware too. We may go for a joint trade union protest over the Government’s behavior. Though not officially, Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has worked in favour of the SAITM without consideration for the opinions of the GMOA and the Sri Lanka Medical Council. Elsewhere, we do not know whether Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Karunanayake are involved,” he remarked.