GMOA To Seek International Intervention ON SAITM Issue

GMOA To Seek International Intervention ON SAITM Issue
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The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has stated that they would even seek international intervention to revise the ruling directing the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register SAITM’s MBBS graduates.  They also questioned as to why Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne was not making any statements about the recommendations forwarded by the Sri Lanka Medical Council with regard to the standards of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

GMOA media spokesman and Secretary Dr.Navin de Soyza said that Minister Senaratne should explain his stance on whether he is willing to accept the SLMC recommendations or not and questioned the Minister’s silence on the matter.

“Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella and the secretary to the Higher Education Ministry are responsible for it.

They are taking a SAITM- biased stand and their irresponsible behavior will cause chaos with in the country,” the GMOA Secretary added. He further said that medical students cannot be allowed to practice as doctors without SLMC approval.

“Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne would not have permitted the legalization of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) by overruling the SLMC recommendations, if he was not SAITM-friendly,” he said.

The spokesman pointed out that when President Maithripala Sirisena was the Health Minister, he accepted the Five member committee report that clearly stated that SAITM had failed to meet the expected standards. He said it was questionable whether he would over-ridden the decision made by President Maithripala Sirisena as the then Health Minister to refrain from enrolling medical students to SAITM.

He also said they would strongly fight against this matter and added that awareness programmes and discussions would be held with political leaders, state university students, parents and several unions during this week.

Dr. Soyza further said that Minister Senaratne had been informed in writing about the GMOA’s stance regarding this matter.

 

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