The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday charged that the committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena on the SAITM issue was attempting to nullify the powers of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) in order to establish a separate institution to regulate medical education called the Accreditation Council (AC).
GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that the government was trying to legalize the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) through the establishment of such an institute.
“Even though President Sirisena is doing his best to solve the SAITM issue, several external forces are trying to sabotage his efforts. We notice that there are some pro-SAITM parties in the committee which was appointed by the President,” he added.
He said that the GMOA would not allow any force to nullify the powers of the SLMC and added that they would take stern actions with regard to it in the future.
Meanwhile, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen De Soyza said that the committee appointed by President Sirisena on the SAITM issue does not include a representative of the SLMC, despite it being the main authority to monitor medical education in the country.
“The government is attempting to establish an alternative regulatory body to take over the powers of the SLMC to be known as the Accreditation Council (AC) to regulate medical education in order to legalise the SAITM,” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
SLMC has nothing to do with the education. They are to regulate medical profession in the Island including the enrollment of suitably qulified applicants to the medical profession.
Dhammika Sunday, 10 September 2017 07:24 PM
GMOA consists of government employees who serve as medical doctors . They DONT have the power to dictatate terms to the Government which employ them , GMOA can voice their opinion .
Chinta Sunday, 10 September 2017 07:27 PM
Hope this group of people sensible enough to, not trying to deceive any party of this issue.if it is not happen then this committee will aggravate the problem
DMO Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:33 PM
GMOA HAS BECOME STRIKE UNION ON THE STREET AND VANDALISING PUBLIC PROPERTIES SO ITS DISQUALIFIED TO REPRESENT. MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS . via DM Android App
alex Monday, 11 September 2017 08:40 AM
what only reduce the powers? I though they would actually ban this dirty organisation called SLMC/GMOA
Asitha Monday, 16 October 2017 11:31 AM
Why is the Govt. Medical Service not an essential service? Should not strikes be totally banned for essential services. Why is this hypocritical GMOA being allowed to strike? The GMOA say they are striking against SAITM to protect the lives of patients against unqualified doctors. But by striking they are directly and immediately endangering the life and health of poor masses and causing misery and hardship. On a GMOA strike day, a child died at a government hospital as a direct result of the doctors not being there to treating that very sick child. By striking , is it not plain to see that the GMOA is doing exactly what they say they are against. If the office bearers and committee of the GMOA is too dumb to see this, then they are unfit to hold that office. If they are not dumb, then they have to be the biggest hypocrites in the history of our beloved nation.
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