The General Medical Council (GMC), an independent organisation in United Kingdom to protect patients and improve medical education and practice, recently rejected the registration of graduates from South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine in Malabe.
Issuing a statement titled ‘Overseas medical qualifications not accepted by the GMC’, it said that the body would not accept applications to sit the PLAB test or for registration from graduates of the medical schools mentioned in it including the SAITM.
“We do not accept qualifications on the unacceptable list. There are a number of reasons as to why a qualification may be added to the list of qualifications which are not acceptable which include where we have information that demonstrates the qualification does not meet our acceptability criteria, where there are questions about the acceptability of the qualification and, after investigation, we cannot obtain sufficient information to satisfy our selves that the qualification is acceptable,” it said.
“We also do not accept where we receive information about irregularities relating to the programme of study or the awarding of qualifications and cannot obtain sufficient information to satisfy ourselves that the qualification is acceptable,” it added.
Meanwhile, speaking to the Daily Mirror, SAITM Registrar Husni Hussain said that they had recently received a letter from the GMC stating that the SAITM would no longer qualified to get registered at the GMC.
Hussein said that GMC has issued this letter following an application by a SAITM graduate seeking for its registration and added that the GMC had rejected the SAITM since the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) had not recognized the SAITM as a medical degree awarding institute.
“As another reason the GMC has mentioned that a pending court case is there with regard to the SAITM. However, they had mentioned that they would consider their approval on SAITM once afore mentioned issues get sorted out,” she added.
Issuing a statement, contrary to the statements that were currently being circulated within the media, the SAITM clarified that the Head of Registration Applications of GMC, Richard Amison had confirmed the qualification criteria and acceptance of applications from SAITM graduates to the GMC would be reviewed as and when the concerns in question was resolved.
“As clarified by the GMC to SAITM, it states that it is not in a position to determine any of the legal or factual issues involved, but will proceed to review the quandary following the direction of the Government of Sri Lanka and other legal institutions. SAITM further informs that they are in par with the necessary requirements for graduates to apply to the GMC,” he added.
It also said that the SAITM had been represented to the GMC by the SLMC to halt SAITM graduates from applying.(Kalathma Jayawardhane)
citizen Friday, 15 September 2017 06:47
What a dirty SLMC to hack SAITM to GMC. Richard Amison confirmed reviewing registration after problem is sorted out. Mind you SLMC has no justice leg to stand on.
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Bala Friday, 15 September 2017 07:40
The reason is naturally the accreditation authority of Sri Lanka, the SLMC, has blocked it. Not that the GMC on its own appraisal has found the SAITM wanting in anything. This is a big difference and GMOA and IUSF cannot say SAITM degree has been found wanting by GMC.
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crook Friday, 15 September 2017 07:49
GMOA has brainwashed them well. via DM Android App
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SL Friday, 15 September 2017 08:01
Now NF can try buying GMC officials as well like he did with K.ella,Rajitha and S.B.Run pr
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M.O.A.Careem Friday, 15 September 2017 08:02
more and more offer to from overseas to expatriate the proceeds?
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jay wanni Friday, 15 September 2017 08:46
According to the final para of the article the SLMC which is backing the medical Mafia had represented the SAITM at the GMC- "It also said that the SAITM had been represented to the GMC by the SLMC to halt SAITM graduates from applying"
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jey Friday, 15 September 2017 09:04
my goodness... what happened to the so called best university in Srilanka via DM Android App
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lkboy Friday, 15 September 2017 09:48
only the benefited ministers and Dr. Nevil thinks that SAITM is a proper school..
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Lion Friday, 15 September 2017 10:21
Hello, Where are my SAITM lovers?
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dulan Friday, 15 September 2017 10:32
So far there are no medical graduates who passed from SATIM hence why did SLMC have to write this way to GMC?
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Daily boru Friday, 15 September 2017 11:11
Before UK our SLMC should recognize SAITM. Anyways this article shows that except UK the other countries have recognized SAITM.
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Thanos Friday, 15 September 2017 11:37
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Sofia Friday, 15 September 2017 13:21
Not at all. The SLMC as Sri Lanka only authority has blocked it due GMOA influence in it. GMC has not done evaluation of its own - only GMOA terror persists here also.
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ralahamy Friday, 15 September 2017 17:20
GMC has refused to accept Medical Colleges from othr parts of globe, but our students study in those Medical colleges such as Ukraine paying millions. What is the stand of SLMC about that?
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Ashoka Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:48
When there is a conflict about saitm degree inside the country no other medical council will technically accept the degree. Once it is resolved they will give their registration. GMC is not a bias organisation like carlo led politicalised SLMC
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