Heads to roll at GMOA elections


The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) will get a facelift after many years, as elections are to be held on 11 June 2022, where speculation is rife that it would also include a change in the presidency.

Informed sources said two of its members who are already in the Executive Committee, including the current Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen D. Zoysa would not contest the election. While incumbent president, Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya has not yet submitted his nomination, they said.

The current Executive Committee was elected for 2020/2021. Sources said the term of office had been extended following a court case till 2022.

Informed sources said the last day for nominations to be submitted was set for 21 May 2022. The post of president of the Union is usually held by a Senior Consultant. While the current Editor of the GMOA Media Unit, Dr. Haritha Aluthge is set to contest  as secretary, sources said.

They said, however, negotiations were still underway and that matters need to be finalised. But speculation is that there would be marked changes in the Union’s Ex-Co for 2022/2023.

The current Executive Committee headed by Dr. Padeniya has been under severe criticism for allegedly influencing some of the Rajapaksa Government’s policies – especially with regard to chemical fertiliser which has caused not only farmer unrest but could possibly lead to a food shortage and price hikes, the source added.    

Dr. Zoysa when contacted for comment said he had been set to leave the Executive Committee for post graduate studies but was forced to stay on owing to the court order for an extended term in office.   

By Dilanthi Jayamanne