The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) rejected to register a foreign medical team of around 150 members who had sought approval to hold clinics in Sri Lanka, a spokesman to the SLMC today said.
The spokesman told Daily Mirror that this request had been made through the Sri Lanka Navy where medical personnel attached to the Navy of some other countries including America, Australia and Japan had sought the approval to hold clinics in the North-Eastern Province for two weeks.
“The Navy is making requests from time to time to hold such clinics. Similar incident has happened last year, where a group of foreign doctors requested to hold clinics in Hambantota, and the SLMC had rejected to register them,” he said.
He said the SLMC had not registered them last year because the request had not been directed to them through the Director General of Health Services and added that this year the requests had been made in the proper way.
He said the registration of this medical team was rejected due to lack of details, however, the SLMC had allowed this team to participate as observers and only the local doctors would conduct medication.
He said the clinics are scheduled to hold from April 25 to May 9.
Meanwhile, the Navy said this medical team had arrived in Sri Lanka by the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as U.S and partner nation service members participated in the Pacific Partnership 2018 in Trincomalee.
“The mission in Trincomalee will continue till May 8 and will feature Pacific Partnership doctors and medical personnel working side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals to exchange best practices,” it said.
It said the mission included military and civilian personnel from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru, and Japan.
However, it also said the Navy had earlier conducted medical camps jointly with medical teams of other countries including United States and India. (Kalathma Jayawardhane and Darshana Sanjeewa)
empulz Wednesday, 25 April 2018 21:44
Its really difficult to do something right in this country.
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Lawry Wednesday, 25 April 2018 21:57
The SLMC should ensure that the general public is not punished by medical practitioners of SLMC by going on strike at the drop of a pin. They can talk of their rights to talk after that.
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CS Wednesday, 25 April 2018 21:57
Is this because of the GMOA's protest's and there presence in the Medical Council? U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy is a highly respected 'floating hospital'.
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Humsyboy Thursday, 26 April 2018 03:01
This is, to put it mildly, disgraceful. Is the SLMC an independent organisation that has the public interest as its priority or is it a poodle of the GMOA? Is it not time for the SLMC to include a majority of non medical members to protect the public and be accountable to the public. Surely honesty,integrity and protection of the public should be at the heart of the Medical profession. Is it or will it ever be in Sri Lanka?
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Stunned Citizen Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:06
SLMC is holding me his country to ransom. The doctors aboard the USNS mercy are some of the finest and do this for charity. SLMC should stop playing spoil sport and rather work with these doctors to help for rural paitients.
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malij Thursday, 26 April 2018 06:24
This is madness. The reasons given for rejecting such requests last year and this year are preposterous. The SLMC should have given proper guidance to SLN how it should be done without rejecting such valuable projects outright. Now the GMOA monopolised SLMC is also on its way becoming another much hated unit by people, like GMOA. The composition of SLMC should be changed like how it is in developed countries.
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Arnold Thursday, 26 April 2018 06:27
Its all about money. They just want to get rid of the competition in their profession.
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Hiran Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:15
Lack of details? The doctors onboard the USNS mercy are highly trained medical professionals, it is the SLMC that should be observers , not the other way around!!!
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BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:20
When more yakkos from deep villagers with lesser entry requirements enter medical college, the medical profession in Sri Lanka is bound to suffer.
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Roman Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:22
'medical team was rejected due to lack of details' hey SLMC remember this incident 'Doctor operates on wrong knee' and you clowns are talking about details and standards! shame on you!http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Doctor-operates-on-wrong-knee-106307.html?fbrefresh=1505650244
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Lordshane Thursday, 26 April 2018 18:28
Ofcourse the medical counsil is afraid that other services would do a beter job than them,, so that there 250days strikes a year would come to an end.
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Martin Milton Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:40
I would say a hearty 'WELL DONE SLMC'! Sri Lanka must NOT willy nilly allow nations who are at their hearts anti Sri Lankan to set foot on Sri Lanka let alone actively participate in Medical Clinics. Who knows what they will prescribe??I would applaud the SLMC for being courageous in its action and laud the very capable and national minded President of SLMC. Great work Professor! Please keep it up! MM
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Adrian Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:41
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Nihal Thursday, 26 April 2018 22:32
What about so many Indians doing business here including doctors and their lives running restaurants?
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