Work of British doctor at Karapitiya Hospital suspended

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The British doctor who was performing heart surgeries at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital was suspended from work , pending the determination of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) on his practicing licence, Hospital Director Dr. Jayampathy Senanayake said today.

Dr. Senanayake told the Daily Mirror that the issue had been taken up after several doctors attached to the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) had stressed on the fact that this British doctor did not have the practicing licence in the United Kingdom (UK) which was needed to be renewed from time to time.

He said the British doctor had assumed work at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital following an approval letter issued by the SLMC and added that the SLMC had the sole authority to decide on it.

“Those doctors attached to the GMOA were threatening to take trade union actions if the authorities would not take any action against this doctor. In UK, doctors should have the registration of its Medical Council and there is also a practicing licence which is needed to be renewed. However, unlike in the UK, only the SLMC’s registration is needed to practice as a doctor in Sri Lanka,” he said.

“Another claim of the GMOA is that the said British doctor was old in age,” he added.

He said accordingly, they were waiting for a determination of the SLMC and added that till then the British doctor was suspended from his work for a few days.

Meanwhile, an official of the Health Ministry said this elderly British doctor was performing heart surgeries especially in complicated cases for children.

However, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told the Daily Mirror that when they inquired about the qualifications of this doctor, they had found out that he only had the registration of General Medical Council (GMC) in UK and not practicing rights.

“He was deprived of practicing rights in UK in 2015 due to some reason and he had concealed it while he was producing his documents to the SLMC. This 67-year-old British Cardiothoracic surgeon has started working at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in 2016,” he said.

He said the GMOA was waiting for the determination of the inquiry with regard to this matter and added that it was not appropriate to let a doctor who does not have practicing rights in his own country to practice in Sri Lanka. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 20

  • NA Thursday, 19 April 2018 05:53 PM

    There are hundreds of quack doctors operating in Sri Lanka in every junction gouging patients their hard earned money day in day out, while this gentlemen from UK probably doing this for charity. Unbelievable these Sri Lankan GMOA and SLMC bunch. I won't give a glass of water if anyone of them visit overseas.

    Gune Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:32 PM

    Agreed NA. The GMOA is a bunch of insecure and weak individuals who don't want this country to progress. I am assuming that the British doctor is doing this as charity which our GMOA doctors will never ever do. (unless they get car permits :) )

    CUTTING YOUR NOSE TO ..... Friday, 20 April 2018 06:37 AM

    ALSO - “Another claim of the GMOA is that the said British doctor was old in age,” - Check the ages of your seniors who are yet on this trade !

    shaa Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:00 PM

    May be the only issue here is, he is providing the service at a less cost than GMOA...or he agreed not to participate in their strikes.....

    Dee Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:06 PM

    He probably is an actual 'doctor' unlike the local quacks. That's the actual reason. Not because of any love of the patients. If proper treatment is given, you loose of 'after sales service' there you go!

    tony Friday, 20 April 2018 06:02 AM

    This Dr wolrd famous Dr these jokers are clueless and they want this stopped he does it free.

    Sam Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:07 PM

    there are no many negligent GMOA quacks who perform surgeries and people die but no action is taken by any authority including the so called GMOA, when someone does a yoeman service which the so call GMOA docs cant do, out of pure jelousy and selfishness such issues are created. moron GMOA doctors of SL

    Arthur Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:18 PM

    Dr P R Anthonis, the surgeon extraordinary, had performed over 30,000 surgeries as an elderly surgeon after retirement. If the present GMOA fellows were there, they would have struck against him, too.

    janathawa Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:21 PM

    These stupid GMOA are becoming with very easy habbit of "trade union action", this is very funny and threatning the authorities where stern action has to be taken of these people......

    Cobra Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:28 PM


    Common man Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:48 PM

    Jealousy! Ego! What else can it be? Sri Lankan doctors want to go to UK and practise for their FRCP/FRCS qualifications. For that all they need to do is an exam. But when these Forgein doctors/international medical graduates (Sri lankan citizens) who come to Sri Lanka after becoming surgeons, they expect you do do an exam plus be an intern for an year. Imagine if Sri Lankan surgeons were asked to do internship in the Uk before their FRCS exams?!? Due to these ego issues, Sri Lanka will never develop!

    Dilan Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:01 PM

    Before this doctor came, patients were referred to private hospitals where Sri Lankan Consultant charge patients up to 1 million rupees... this British consultant is providing his services free n performing the surgeries in karapitiya without charging patients and also reducing the waiting time for urgent surgeries... GMOA is making a issue as their members are loosing their business because of this doctor

    Be Fair Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:19 PM

    Sure the UK Doc was performing better than our quacks who want to "STRIKE" even if someone farts in a Hospital

    Brainmaster Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:53 PM

    Pure jealousy. He was better and cheaper then the selfish and greedy GMOA quacks. Now the children in need of a heartoperation will die. via DM Android App

    Titanic Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:39 PM

    These GMOA only protested when the Ambulances were brought in to srilanka, giving so many excuses, many Doctors here are only concerned for money.

    Observer Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:19 PM

    If he is "old in age" what about so many consultants practicing for big money in Sri-Lanka after retirement?

    Mo Friday, 20 April 2018 03:35 AM

    Check the pasr results.Check this UK doctor's success rate and decide .GMOA is taking this country to hell.They completely distroyed the opportunity to students who were unlucky missed the university entrance though having good results.those GMOA guys are so ignorant and could not undetstand the word DEVELOPMENT .Unfortunately some of the ordinary population too support them.

    Jagath Leanage Friday, 20 April 2018 05:01 AM

    This British doctor practising since 1997 , a small correction . He is a well qualified doctor and doing a charity work to a third world country . GMOA objects to get petty gains and wants to have more P.P. in Galle to its members .

    jay Friday, 20 April 2018 05:42 AM

    Most doctors in S/L are out of control money grabbing vultures.

    Indrajith Friday, 20 April 2018 06:05 AM

    Why this GMOA people don't allow good doctors to serve the poor in this country.Doctors of this country must be banned from Striking.

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