Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) revealed yesterday that fifteen applications have been received by the Health Ministry and the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to establish private medical institutions in the country.
In a press briefing held at Colombo the GMOA's Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said in 1980 there were around 100 State owned medical institutions in India with no private institutions however 30 years later its has exceeded 200 private medical institutions while government owned only 183.
Dr. Aluthge said that the demand for Indian graduate doctors are decreasing in the global perspective due to various shortcomings following the increase of private medical institutions in the country. He added that same situation will prevail in Sri Lanka if the government allows more private institutions to operate in the country.
“Indian politicians offer licenses to open up private medical colleges to their supporters as bribes and fortunately our politicians bribe their supporters by permitting them to establish bar or fuel stations. However in future SL politicians would too follow the footsteps of Indian politicians and drop the country’s medical education in a chaos, he said.
He said that according to the international media, one sixth out of 400 medical institutions have been corrupted as most of them were established through political affiliations.
Dr. Aluthge warned that our country will become worse than India if the government allows to establish private medical institutions. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
My sympathies to you 'Doctor'. Most developed countries don't have any state owned universities. It is the inevitable if this country is to go forward without depending on the likes of you and your brethren.
RuwanL Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:08 AM
This is a very lame excuse not to have private medical colleges! SLMC which is not a political organization is there to control the number of private medical colleges and ensure that proper standards are maintained
Kadiya Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:11 AM
So this is the thorn in GMOA's back- the more private medical institutions the less their clout????
Mahila Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:26 AM
More competition for Private medical practice too in the future, and reduce demand
BV Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:01 PM
Dr.businessman are worried that they may lose their demand.
AjithZ Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:54 AM
Learn from the mistakes in India. Lets move ahead with the existing one. Agree that we don't need too many medical colleges here. GMOA and SLMC can keep an eye on this. If proper standard are not maintained or more medical colleges to come up, came back to street. We too will support you.
ANTON Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:02 AM
NOT ENOUGH ........ WE NEED AT LEAST ANOTHER FIVE INSTITUTIONS.
citizen Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:18 AM
Is this another SLMC/GMOA gimmick to create fear and destroy SAITM internship. SLMC cannot approve any new medical schools for another 6-7 years till MBBS stage.
Top Cat Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:21 AM
Why does not all these GMOA Doctors get together and start a Private Medical Institution?
Aussie Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:34 AM
Mr.Aluthge,are you out of your mind? What is this 15 medical institutions, the way you guys go on strikes, government will have to open at least 150 medical institutions. When you guys harass patients, government is trying to help the patients by opening more medical institutions. When these institutions are opened,GMOA could go on strike whenever and how long you want. By the way, could you tell the public, your medical qualifications, as the people have the right to know your medical qualifications. Thank you.
Bala Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:43 AM
But corruption is everywhere including GMOA and SLMC which gave approval to KDU here even before buildings completed.
Wijebahu Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:59 AM
Then why don't you campaign for quality private education rather than no private education? do you know the University of Colombo is not even in top 2000 universities around the world and do u know many Indian universities in top 200.?
Roman Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:05 AM
WOW ! what a very astute presentation. Where was this Doctor educated ? Simply because the system failed in one country he deduces that it will happen here too. I wonder what percentage of Universities are state owned in the developed world and how correct is it to directly point fingers at a group of law makers which ever country they may belong to.
thilak Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:06 AM
But doctor,as your opinion is wrong , establish private medical institutions eradicate Doc Mafia and then good for Peoples
Don Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:39 AM
!5 Medical Schools are not enough. Now GMOA JVP should conduct all island strikes thorough out the country as in daily basis 24x365 hours, then they don't have to treat patients in hospitals.They will be paid their salaries and other benefits for holding placards and boards drawn by JVP'ersCarlo Fonseka should not be re-appointed as chairman of SLMC as he was on Gota's platform promised that SAITM medics will never-ever be given registration-He is mad now.
Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:34 AM
Not even one university in Sri Lanka is listed among the top 100 universities worldwide. This means that state universities have a lousy standard. Any private university can only be better.
ibadun Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:42 AM
so...how many private medical institution in America, UK, Singapore, Malaysia etc....are these countries graduates are with poor demand ? why you guys compare with very lower guys ???
lkboy Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:15 AM
India's medical sector is very low in the world index. Hope Sri Lanka doesn't go that way.
Suranimala Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:25 AM
Let the educated public and market forces decide the quality of Doctors coming out of Private Medical Faculties. Who is GMOA to decide that? Even if they fail, it is not a burden to the public or the tax payers.
ceylon Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:39 AM
allow all.lanka need much more. via DM Android App
Siri Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:42 AM
Cat is out of the bag. It is clear their concern is the reduction of their monopoly power over the public.
Thanos Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:48 AM
That is actually incorrect. Most developed countries mainly have state universities some are exclusively state ONLY. It is the poorer countries that require private universities because it is difficult for the govts to provide comprehensive coverage.
Lal Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:59 AM
Indian doctors don't have to go abroad. There are enough jobs within India. Recently I visited a mobile hospital run by an NGO and even consultants are travelling in their mobile clinics to treat rural people.
jabeer Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:59 AM
At least 25 private medical colleges to be set up to cater the demand of the country .
Medical Mudalali Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:57 PM
Even in developed countries with high taxation, state universities normally do charge fees;:there could be exceptions but it is not the norm like in SL
Goraka Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:17 PM
Govt. Doctors wants to create a scarcity of doctors to exploit the masses. Simple as that!
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