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To students in the IUSF and to doctors in the GMOA

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When we were young medical students in the late fifties, if any group of students in the Ceylon University wanted to strike, the Vice Chancellor of the Ceylon University made it clear that their names would be struck off the roll immediately. Our parents would have not tolerated us if we refrained from attending classes for whatever reason.

When I was a member of the GMOA, we did not own even duty free bicycles, but we continued to work and to be “on call” 24 hours daily, despite the comparatively low salaries when compared to the mercantile sector. There was no private practice then and no overtime. There were no major epidemics like the present dengue epidemic. Even then, for obvious reasons, token or indefinite strikes were not thought of by the doctors.

Need I say more?

Dr. K. Rajendra

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