The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is reportedly attempting to create a reproaching campaign against Dr. Rukshan Bellana, Chairman of the Government Medical Officers’ Forum (GMOF), among the medical professionals’ community amid growing tensions over its trade union actions.
Dr. Bellana, who recently attracted many headlines by levelling severe criticism against the strike action launched by the GMOA, is becoming a target of being despised not only in the medical professionals’ community, but also among the public, due to the efforts of the GMOA, sources said.
Dr. Bellana currently serves in the Administration Sector as the Deputy Director of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila, and the GMOA’s alleged reproaching campaign against the GMOF Chief is being seeded inside the Hospital.
Despite the GMOA’s plan to throw Dr. Bellana out of the picture via its Branch at the Kalubowila Hospital under the influence of Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, the GMOA Chief, the resistance growing from the front row of the Kalubowila Branch keeps Padeniya’s plans at bay, according to sources.
Following many failed attempts to stage protests against Bellana under the influence of Padeniya and his cronies, the GMOA has urged its agents at Kalubowila to at least wear black ties during duty in objection to the GMOF Chief. The attempt, however, is but a dead end to this day, sources added.
In the backdrop, Padeniya has blatantly scolded the GMOA agents at the Kalubowila Hospital.
In Bellana’s role as the Deputy Director of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, he is recognised as a kind and friendly gentleman to any staff member from top to bottom, due to which the GMOA’s notorious attempts against the GMOF Chief failed on many occasions.
Following several failed attempts to discredit Bellana, a new propaganda is being circulated that he is not a legitimate medical officer.
The GMOA’s grudge against the GMOF begs us to question as to what exactly the role of the trade unions responding to the Health Sector of Sri Lanka would be given that such despicable games are being played against one another instead of endorsing the common struggle to protect the rights of the health workers.
What is the path has the GMOA chosen in its most politically influenced agenda by misusing trade unions? Is Padeniya intimidated by Bellana?
(Stay tuned for a detailed report)