The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) rejected the President Maithripala's statement on SAITM and vowed to continue its struggle.
After talking to GMOA representatives, the president's office said in a statement that SAITM was instructed to stop enrolling new students until the government issued the gazette notice stipulating the standards to be adopted for private medical education.
GMOA's newly-appointed Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that they were in no way agreeable to legalizing SAITM in any form. He said the only option was to nationalise it.
He said they believed that Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had intervened alter the agreement reached at the meeting with the President.
“Instead of abolishing SAITM, the statement paves the way to legalise it,” Dr. Aluthge said.
He said the GMOA and the students union demanded that SAITM be abolished or nationalised.
“The President told us to believe his word and call off the strike. We respected his word and had hoped he will mete out justice. We are looking forward to his explanation. He should correct the contradictions if we are to stop any further action,” Dr. Aluthge said.
Meanwhile, he warned that the next couple of hours would be crucial and the GMOA will continue its strike and under no circumstances would they stop their trade union action until the government ends the SAITM issue and safeguards the patients' right to live and the future of the medical sector. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Why can't goverment rectify all the short comings shown by the GMOA and allow SAITM to function WITHOUGH abolishing or nationalising it. GMOA then all the private hospitals and private schools also be abolished or nationalise !!!
Sena Monday, 26 June 2017 09:40 PM
This govetnment will go home soon. Utter failure in every adpects. via DM Android App
Jayasingha Monday, 26 June 2017 09:41 PM
President must come out with a statement on what was actually discussed and agreed upon. This will put every body at ease.
pora Monday, 26 June 2017 09:44 PM
Channa.. moda katha kiyanna epa.. please..
Manoj Monday, 26 June 2017 09:57 PM
These jokers should understand that our students go abroad get a degree and work in Sri Lanka after spending lot of money. Why can't they be allowed to study here without wasting money abroad and get a degree here. GMOA members don't have brain.
kondaya77 Monday, 26 June 2017 09:57 PM
Continue the struggle ?The poor people are the ones who are struggling to stay alive. It is time that this bunch of thugs are put in their place,
pradeep Monday, 26 June 2017 10:15 PM
It is very clear now only passing the A/L exam well is not enough for doing medicine and become a doctor, must have a kind heart. people like these Sherlocks destroy a well respected profession. govt should allow establish at least 10 private medical collages.
ravi Monday, 26 June 2017 10:20 PM
get an independent international group of doctors to evaluate both and recommend what has to be done for both qualifications to be at international level. Implement them and let those who can afford go to the private school and those who can't go to the other one. Why in the world the president has to go on an on with this?
GOMA Monday, 26 June 2017 10:24 PM
Ammo...don't abolish the private hospitals. But MUST nationalise all the private schools.
Bala Monday, 26 June 2017 10:38 PM
What the govt has proposed is very reasonable. The GMOA wants its pound of flesh and only their way in everything.
sg Monday, 26 June 2017 11:34 PM
Government should not try game play with this issue. Government must have a concrete policy with regard private education in the country. Education is a policy which should be determined by the government on their political and economical perspective. Now it is quite enough to gave time and chances for the many monopolized professional groups regarding spoil the students community in this country. Government must take thought action against group who trying to bullying higher education sector and governance process of the government. Also, take action without any difference against any groups who trying to create a instability situation in the country. Government Must upgrade rule of law regarding any kind of wrongful future activities of these groups.
SL Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:43 AM
Gvt wants this struggle to be continued,they do not want a solution.The person hopped out after a hopper dinner can not run even a private bus .please go home
Sam Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:45 AM
The most overrated politician in this country is Ranil Wickramasinge,This country is going down with his primiership. No use to talk about Prez Sirisena,he is clueless about his job
sobers Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:48 AM
Doctors want the shortage of Medicals Professionals to prevail, so that they can earn in millions.
NO WAY ? Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:49 AM
" no way agreeable to legalizing SAITM in ANY FORM" ---- Why no way - you believe that only the Medical colleges you'll attended ( ie here and abroad.) are those which could fall into being "legalised" . Since when did you legalise them ? Please go - " fly a kite.- up to the highest "
Bindu Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:27 AM
Either party shows its immaturity for not keeping record of what was discussed and agreed finally signed by both parties. The agreements were only verbal.
Dr Vu Ratnayke Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:27 AM
Since I returned I got the opportunity to listen and enjoy jokes. Politicians who talk a lot are real jokers who supply sufficient jokes to the people since they do not have any original ideas to develop the country. I think even in the future it is high time to allow knowledgeable people to provide advice to run the country than politicians directly put their ill determined proposal that lead to the destruction of the country.there are good examples in all fields, health, sports, garbage disposal, etcHope one day people will realise it but the oppportunites for the knowledgeable persons to enter the parliament as independent candidates is permanently shut
Ajja Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:43 PM
The countries President&PM is lack lustre and not tough enoughbehave like Mr.Donald Trump ...otherwise go home via DM Android App
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