Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today a Cabinet Paper would be submitted soon to develop the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) and Mulleriyawa Base Hospital as the Colombo East Teaching Hospitals.
He told parliament that there were some issues in providing full staff to the NFTH as the final agreement had not been signed to take over the Hospital.
"When the agreement is finalised, the NTFH will be assigned the required staff," the minister said. He said this in response to a question asked by JVP MP Nalinda Jayatissa regarding the current status of the SAITM Hospital.
The MP asked whether the SAITM Hospital was fully owned by the government and whether a Cabinet subcommittee was appointed to hand it over to the Air Force.
The minister said the SAITM Hospital was fully owned by the government and functions under a board of directors appointed by the government just as in the case of Sri Jayawardenepura Hospital.
"I was not in the country when the Cabinet paper was presented to hand it over to the Air Force. I spoke to the Prime Minister about it. I will present a Cabinet paper at the next meeting to develop the NFTH under the government. We hope to develop NFTH and the Mulleriyawa Base Hospital as Colombo East Teaching Hospital so that students of Kotalawala Defence University(KDU) can be provided clinical facilities," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)
Mano Friday, 7 September 2018 20:40
Does it make any difference whether it is Teaching Hospital or not. Doctors with no knowledge of the medicines just prescribe the same medicines exactly the way as instructed by the makers of the medicine. But we consider the doctors as geniuses.
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Prakash Friday, 7 September 2018 20:41
First set of students can be the 225.
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Thaya Friday, 7 September 2018 21:28
Yes minister, good move! We have all around the island teaching hospitals so these drs can learn from us and migrate.
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Wije Saturday, 8 September 2018 19:32
Why bother about training doctors. Import robot doctors from China .They are more efficient than human doctors..After all every other commodity is imported from China. Aiyyo Srilanka.
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Sujeeva Saturday, 8 September 2018 22:13
Good move and the first patient to be admitted must YOU !!!!
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