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GMOA accuses Rajitha of not gazetting minimum standards

13 February 2017 08:18 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) today accused Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne of failing to gazette the minimum standards for medical education to prevent the substandard level of education provided by SAITM from being revealed.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Haritha Aluthge said the minimum standard for medical education should be gazetted so as to maintain a proper standard for the health sector.

He said they requested the President to take steps to suspend the admission of new students to SAITM and that they were monitoring the action being taken.

GMOA Secretary Navin De Zoysa said the health minister had failed to carry out his duties as the responsible authority and while an MP back then had disrupted moves made by former health ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and Maithripala Sirisena to get the minimum standards approved in parliament.

“The Hansard mentions the attempts taken by the health minister to prevent the minimum standards being approved in parliament," he said.

Dr. De Zoysa said GMOA had written to the health minister regarding several issues including the gazetting of minimum standards and added that they would resort to trade union action if there was no positive response to their demands.

When asked whether they were against the private medical institutions, he said it was up to the government to decide and added that it should be done in consultation with a panel of experts and based on the minimum standards. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 6

  • Thomas Monday, 13 February 2017 08:37 PM

    The minimum criteria to enter a University is 3 S grades and 30% minimum mark for the Common General Paper. 40% of each course is chosen from all island Z score. 55% will be allocated to 25 administrative districts and chosen according to the proportion of their population to the national population. The remainder (5%) will be allocated to 16 educationally disadvantaged districts and chosen according to the proportion of their population. By this in Sri Lanka we have a system to cater to under privileged students. via DM Android App

    Chux Monday, 13 February 2017 08:45 PM

    Why you did not accuse MR that time of granting this venture

    Bala Monday, 13 February 2017 10:11 PM

    Standards at Colombo and Peradeniya surely OK but are minimum standards maintained in the Medical Faculties of Sri Lanka Universities. Are there periodic checks or just blanket approval forever? LMC will always side with GMOA being former GMOA members.

    Ranjitdea Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:27 AM

    Do you know of any trade union action other than striking and holding the patients life at ransom. Dont forget that you learnt medicine at the expense of poor patients suffering in State hospitals

    Don Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:54 AM

    We need more doctors to work the OPD in two shifts so patients dont have to wait long hours even days or must simply come to Colombo to be seen by specialists. via DM Android App

    Mahila Tuesday, 14 February 2017 06:06 AM

    GMOA should have taken up the question of gazetting of minimum standards long, long time ago, when so many new MC faculty's were born (Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Batticaloa, KDA - which is welcome though) and NOW suddenly woken up when SAITM MC students interns need to be registered by SLMC and start working; to achieve their lifetime goals. I am not sure whether this is double standards or opportunism or jealousy, by those proclaiming and practicing the hypocrite oath.

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