All trade unions of the health services sector will meet on February 23 to discuss what action can be taken with regards to the Cabinet giving approval to a private Indian company to provide the ambulance services for the Western and Southern Provinces, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) informed.

General Secretary of the GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath said that they would look into the possibility of taking legal action against the draft of the Indo-Sri Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) once the Government releases it.

He added that a protest would be held in front of the Badulla Hospital on February 23 over a recent statement of an insulting nature made by Minister Harin Fernando.

We do not take heed of recent statements made by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, he explained.

On February 26, there will be a protest in Kurunegala over the proposed ETCA, he mentioned.

“Wickremesinghe has said that we had paid people to be at a protest. The masses do not care for the statements he makes. We express our regret about the fact that he is unable to comprehend the genuine issue raised by the intelligentsia and professionals concerning the ETCA. Elsewhere, we hear that Fernando is trying to sabotage the protest in Uva by attempting to obtain an injunction order from the court through the Police citing alleged plans by the doctors to disturb the peace. No matter what threats Wickremesinghe makes, we will not stop this struggle until the ETCA called off,” Dr. Herath remarked.