The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today claimed that Prof. Colvin Gunaratne’s appointment as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) was one that had been done to circumvent the SLMC’s objections on SAITM.
While expressing its displeasure over the recent appointment, the GMOA said it could be viewed as Health Minister Senaratne playing his trump card in order to silence the SLMC and safeguard the SAITM institute, a duty that he had taken upon himself to accomplish by hook or by crook.
In a letter addressed to the President and the Prime Minister, the GMOA had expressed its displeasure over the Health Minister’s actions and said they were dismayed to hear of Professor Gunaratne’s appointment as the new Chairman of the SLMC.
Addressing a press conference in Colombo, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said it was an arbitrary decision of Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne to appoint Prof. Gunaratne to the post.
He said during an earlier occasion when Health Minister submitted Professor Gunaratne’s name for the post it was rejected by both President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister after considering the strong objections posed by the GMOA.
Dr. Aluthge said Professor Gunaratne was well known for his pro-SAITM bias and his involvement in pharmaceutical industry had convinced a majority of those in the SLMC and GMOA to reject his candidacy. His unwillingness to confirm or deny these accusations had also served as proof of his culpability, Dr. Aluthge said.
The GMOA had emphasized that Prof. Gunaratne’s appointment will severely affect the independence of the SLMC and will also influence the Appeal Court hearing into the SAITM issue.
Therefore, the GMOA had asked the government to reconsider its decision to appoint Prof. Gunaratne, which, according to them would do irreparable harm to the country, its citizens and the healthcare sector as a whole. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Prof Colvin Gunaratne is a most senior Professor of Physiology the most suitable person in Sri Lanka to be appointed to this prestigious post. We all welcome his appointment no political bias and hope he has the courage to nullify the influence of GMOA
ChollaBada Tuesday, 03 October 2017 07:40 PM
Ah! So why not. It was easier a mouth piece for the GMOA. Yes, change we need and change we have. Ha Ha Ha.
Patient Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:23 AM
So, the GMOA brats can keep their mouths shut, he, he, heee!!
Kadiya Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:14 AM
GMOA has turned into a regular Gammampila/Weerawansa!!!!
Kingsley Wijesinhe Wednesday, 04 October 2017 08:21 AM
The GMOA keeps objecting to everything and everyone. Why don't we just let them run the country and be done with it?
Dhammika Wednesday, 04 October 2017 08:23 AM
GMOA and SLMC are both getting into politcs rather than maintaining there educational and professional entity . Please do not become more unpopular in the hearts and minds of the Sri Lankan public
alex Wednesday, 04 October 2017 09:50 AM
so this is another good excuse to go on another strike.We are eagerly waiting to know when you next strike would be
Mavan Wednesday, 04 October 2017 05:26 PM
Colvin is a wrong headed man
reader Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:14 PM
"irreparable harm to the country, its citizens and the healthcare sector as a whole" I thought GMOA had already taken up this task!!
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