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The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) said yesterday it was deeply concerned about the prevalent turmoil in medical education in the country and urged medical students of all State medical faculties to immediately return to their academic activities.

SLMA President Professor Chandrika Wijayaratne said in a statement that the SLMA called upon the parents of medical students of all State medical faculties to encourage and ensure that their children returned to their academic activities without further delay and requested the academic staff of all State medical faculties and their respective medical teachers’ trade unions to create, ensure and sustain an environment in which students can commence and continue with their interrupted academic activities without further delay.

The SLMA requested the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Sri Lanka to ensure that all categories of staff attached to all medical faculties perform their duties as per UGC and other relevant government rules, regulations and circulars without any further delay and called upon all medical doctors in Sri Lanka to adhere to and maintain the highest standards of professionalism in providing healthcare services to the citizens of Sri Lanka without interruption.

It requested the Sri Lankan Government to ensure that all agreements it reaches with all relevant stakeholders, be carried out without any compromise.

“The SLMA wishes to further reiterate its position with regards to the health services and medical education in the country. We are particularly concerned that under the existing rules and regulations in the Medical Ordinance and the Universities Act, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has only limited powers to regulate and ensure standards of medical education in Sri Lanka. Therefore, there is an urgent need to enact legislation to make the SLMC an independent authority with adequate powers to protect the public from unqualified or substandard medical practitioners,” the statement said.

The SLMA also said it wished to state that their organization, as the apex medical body that represents all grades of doctors in the country, is not against properly constituted and regulated Private Medical Education in the country.

“However, the issue of Private Medical Education in the country needs further discussion,” the statement stated.

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  • Prasanna Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:20 AM

    Hats off for your stance. This is how a true professional organization should act and be exemplary especially being in the medical profession.

    pali Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:23 AM

    As someone advised on here earlier,you had to take this step immediately, after GMOA announced its satisfaction,but now its too late, because some parents started fast and doctors changed its stand , now fast is commencing, and as a results, you won't be able to persuade students .

    sobers Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:26 AM

    GMOA is responsible for the turmoil. Where as in other countries you graduate at 23/24 years. In Srilanka as things are to pass your MBBS, it may take atleast 28/29 years. Result of Free education and waste of tax payers money!

    Charge payments Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:51 AM

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    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 08 November 2017 12:26 PM

    Blame it all on the idiotic GMOA, an equally idiotic micro group of parents and the lame duck attitude of the powers that be for this dilemma.

    ziran Wednesday, 08 November 2017 03:01 PM

    It's a good news that most of the parents who all fasting unto death are doctors as they know the taste of free education and PP earnings.

    bandara Wednesday, 08 November 2017 03:11 PM

    they won't return until their sponsors ask them to

    Percy Wednesday, 08 November 2017 03:26 PM

    We should liberate university students from the clutches of tyrants controlling them, like we liberated Tamil Civilians from the clutches of LTTE.

    SD Wednesday, 08 November 2017 03:58 PM

    i applaud the SLMA.... via DM Android App


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