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Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Chairman Colvin Gunaratne said yesterday even though the primary objective of the Medical Ordinance was to safeguard the rights of patients, it was catering to the needs of the doctors because of its composition.

He told a news conference that 16 out of the 25 members of the SLMC were elected from Trade Unions of doctors and asked how such a body could mete out justice to the patients.

“The Medical Ordinance is meant to safeguard the rights of the patients. But it is not fulfilling its primary objective because of its shortcomings such as its composition,” Prof. Gunaratne said

He said the struggled to introduce amendments to the ordnance for four years as a SLMC member and for nine months as the chairman of the SLMC was for no avail.

“No SLMC chairmen had attempted to amend the Medical ordinance so far. In other countries, it is changed in about four or five years. Medical ordinance in Sri Lanka has not been amended for 80 years despite some minor amendments. A fresh ordinance should be introduced instead of the present archaic ordinance,’ he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 05 August 2018 12:33 PM

    At first the power of the unions must be terminated like Madam Thatcher has been done in UK by introducing new union laws.

    Expatriate Sunday, 05 August 2018 09:37 PM

    “Madam” Thatcher- You must be a frog in a well,exposed to the West only in recent years. She is considered as evil by the people of Britain.

    Tourist Sunday, 05 August 2018 09:39 PM

    Are you an idiot ?

    Rohan Sunday, 05 August 2018 02:05 PM

    Not only SLMC but most professional bodies in Sri Lanka are pathetic. Change them to international standards now or go down to hell as country of idiots.

    Jaya Sunday, 05 August 2018 08:34 PM

    Well said Prof. New laws need to protect the public of this country. Now even the professionals behave very unethical way. Innocent people of the country are suffering lots.

    yahiya Monday, 06 August 2018 05:21 PM

    Doctors must clear the name. Now time to review Pa(wa)deniya


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