No immediate need to strike: GMOA

2017-07-13 10:35:29

The GMOA today said the meeting it had with Prime Minister Ranil Wikcremesinghe on Wednesday with regard to the SAITM issue was positive and therefore there was no immediate necessity to resort to a trade union action.

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told the Daily Mirror that they had discussed with the Premier the five proposals put forward by them against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) including the proposal to nationalize it.

He said the meeting held at Temple Trees was attended by GMOA representatives, the Prime Minister and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

“During this meeting, the Prime Minister studied the five proposals and said he did not see anything wrong with these proposals,” he said.

“When the Prime Minister inquired from Minister Senaratne about the issues he had on these proposals, Minister Senaratne had asked whether the proposal to suspend student enrollments at SAITM was temporarily or permanently,” he added.

He said the GMOA was in need to suspend SAITM’s student enrollment permanently and added that however they had requested the Prime Minister to at least implement a legal framework to suspend it temporarily.

He said the Prime Minister had thereafter instructed Minister Senaratne to implement a legal framework on the suspension of student enrollments at the SAITM and added that the response given by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne during this meeting was appreciable.

He said they had also discussed on the problems in relation to the appointing of a Chairman to the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and court cases pending on SAITM issue.

“More discussions will be held with the government following the meeting held on Wednesday, Therefore, there is no immediate necessity to resort to a trade union action during this period,” he said. (By Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 17

  • citizen Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:18

    When curriculum of SAITM includes additional training and exams. and is SLMC approved, then MBBS SAITM should receive internship training and be registered. If SAITM MBBS is not approved, then they cannot sit ERPM.. Those already MBBS could have additional 6 month internship.

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    ANTON Thursday, 13 July 2017 14:56


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    RDF Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:59

    Another HORA meeting?

    Reply : 3       11

    pal Thursday, 13 July 2017 18:25

    After doctors private practices

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    Ram Thursday, 13 July 2017 15:58

    There is no harm suspending admissions temporaliy. But Private Medical Education must stayfor the future if the country is to progress. What a lot of foreing exchange can be saved and also earned from foreign students. PM must not bow to GMOA antics

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    Sam Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:05

    In another 2 hrs a release from temple trees will state that the PM never agreed to any of the terms suggested by the GMOA.

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    concern Thursday, 13 July 2017 18:12

    He forget to mention that he needs to appoint special committee

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    dharshana w Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:11

    The SAITM issue should be resolved forthwith, without the government sitting on it, and blaming the past government for it. In Politics, you inherit the problems ( and the successes) of the past government, and such should not be depicted as any excuse in moving forward with new policies based on an overall strategy.In my opinion, the cohabitation strategy of two parties with extreme views on many issues is the basis for many of the problems we face today. As it is, many issues are at a stalemate with no action from the government, no wonder that prompted the President to say that the "people do not see any government in place".Cheers!

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    ceylon Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:57

    if qualification requirements need to increasethen increase.why the hell need to nationalize .these are traitors of opposition who want to create problems. via DM Android App

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    SL Thursday, 13 July 2017 17:59

    Gvt has no intention to solve this issue,stream line private institutes teaching medical students .It is a must for future health sector success in this country. ACT16 is only about 10 strict compared to gvt medical collage final exams. ACT16 alone can not produce a good doctors

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    TONY Thursday, 13 July 2017 18:17


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    RD Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:02

    Nationalize SAITM means asking a father a adopt a child who has many kids to support but can't afford those kids. Finally he will not be able to support any of those kids.

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    sunil Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:51

    Poor Ranil, GMOA disturbed his sweet sleep of 8 hours essential for good health

    Reply : 2       3

    Park Thursday, 13 July 2017 21:55

    What a shame, a Government becoming victim and surrendering to a bunch of thugs. Is this Yahapalanaya?

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    Professor J.Jinadasa Thursday, 13 July 2017 22:14

    Hon PM, please do not give in to GMOA, keep SAITM going, Develop more private medical colleges, as in the US that you are familiar with make Sri Lanka another Singapore. Every student has the right to education freely.

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    ceylon Thursday, 13 July 2017 22:54

    this trade union pay billions of rps to run satm after nationalize .government is bankrupt with billions of run by borrowed money.mad fools. via DM Android App

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    Sincere Friday, 14 July 2017 11:48

    It seems that all parties have finally agreed to the "you scratch my back I will scratch yours" policy.

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