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GMOA writes to MPs over SAITM controversy

21 August 2017 04:51 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The GMOA today wrote to all Parliamentarians asking them to call for a debate on the setting up of SAITM.

It said despite the SAITM issue being resolved, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s interference had aggravated the situation causing financial and other damage to the country.

GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge claimed the minister had pumped Rs.3,000 million to the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) based on a letter of intent.

He claimed the minister had not requested funds from the Treasury but instead had used Health Ministry funds which were meant for the country’s health expenditure, thus causing a huge financial loss to the government and to the country amid several other malpractices which had taken place on this matter.

“We informed Parliament about the dark side of the SAITM and the harm that it posed to the people,” he said and added that the minister's action should be probed by a presidential commission.

Meanwhile, Dr. Aluthge said Dr. Neville Fernando has told the media that 300 new students including 100 foreign students would be enrolled in the next few months despite the government’s call to suspend student enrollment until the SAITM issue was resolved.

He questioned Dr. Fernando’s authority to challenge the country’s governing body and its decisions and enroll a new batch of students. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


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  Comments - 10

  • alex Monday, 21 August 2017 05:52 PM

    we the public question the GMOA's authority to challenge the authority of the courts

    Patient Tuesday, 22 August 2017 08:46 AM

    He, he !! Now they are writing letters! Will they write to all the patients too!!!

    gamini Monday, 21 August 2017 05:53 PM

    what authority does the GMOA have to write to parliamentarians on what should be taken up for debate. Do these guys think they run this country

    sujata Monday, 21 August 2017 05:54 PM

    first answer the loss the GMOA action has brought on this country the sufferings of the patients who have funded your education-you will have to answer the lord

    Snowy Monday, 21 August 2017 06:24 PM

    An organisation with no public backing and strategy. This was seen in their march from Kandy to Colombo. They formed an alliance (unofficial) with the JVP. As they JVP does not like to former dictator who is secrete had for this group that are unable to invite the rouges. Now this.

    citizen Monday, 21 August 2017 07:40 PM

    Court decision that SAITM MBBS is legally entitled to internship training still stands. SLMC is bound by law to carry this out, no matter the weird behavior of GMOA

    dulan Tuesday, 22 August 2017 09:04 AM

    GMOA had ruined the lives of 500 medical students all over the island by making them to spend time on protests

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 22 August 2017 09:06 AM

    For goodness sake. This man has the audacity to write to 225 MP in the Government. Looks like he is fast becoming a candidate to enter the Angoda Mental hospital.

    MAD HATTERS Tuesday, 22 August 2017 02:55 PM

    The path taken so far is = GMOA strike - strikes with other unions -> roping in students to protest -> getting the parents (of students) to protest -> getting students to storm the Ministry -> talking to President -> talking to PM -> hurling accusations at Rajitha -> saying that SAITM taking over is a farce -> NOW writing letters . Wonder what the next episode of the soap opera will be. ? Poor aimless Mad Hatters.

    Peter Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:40 PM

    If you want win this struggle ,wait till 2018,then bad mouthed rajitha along with regime remove from the political arena,it is necessary it should be happend,since then let medical students to continue their studies without waist their prime time of lives, common citizen talking you are demanding beyond your limits.

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