In the midst of controversy surrounding the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), the Parents Association of Foreign Qualified Medical Graduates today said the SLMC had an accumulated fund base of 300 million including land and other assets which were not audited by the Auditor General.
The association’s Convener Dr. Lalith Chandradasa said Rs.200 million was also allocated to the SLMC from the government consolidated fund. The funds were audited by a private company but not by the Auditor General, he said. Furthermore according to the 2010 SLMC audit report a property was purchased in 2009 at a sum of Rs.57 million.
The SLMC is the monitoring body of the health sector in Sri Lanka and functions independently. The SLMC earns its revenue through initial medical registrations which is Rs.7,000, renewal of medical licenses which is Rs.5,000 and funds collected from conducting Act 16 examinations.
“The SLMC says that it is an independent, transparent body. If this is the case how is it that they receive government funds and there is no transparent system to ascertain how money is being used. There is no accountability. To whom are they responsible?” Chandradasa questioned. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
SLMC paid by large amount of Sri lankan tax payers money,ungentyl need to be audit by GOSL.Governmant must give dirctive Auditi General emergeny to conducted SLMC account as quick a possible.Needless to say lot of misused and mishandle fund by officers beares who were in helam several years in SLMC.Sorry to say majority docotor of have no clean recoarod in thier managemnet and adiministraion since 1977 SLMC. There is no cheack and blance system entire management operation and adiminstraion in Sri Lanka this will apply to SLMC too. Indeed another courrouped had been under operation similar order in GMOA as well.There are many alligation against GMOA,ever-never being invegiation at all, since 1948? Indeed this not capitalist system of funcations, these all are bureatice-neptosim of outdated corany operation back by politicial power -orinted orthdex persons who were incharge. But their are affiliated to Most of them UNP and Some are ruling circuls.
Lahiruwan Saturday, 07 January 2012 05:53 AM
The overseas medical graduates have an axe to grind with the SLMC becuase hardly 20% of those who sit the ACT16 examination pass it. They would dearly love it if the SLMC is politicised so that they can manipulate the system (like everything else in LK) and get their children registration as doctors.
The owners and promotors of the private medical colleges have a problem with the SLMC as they want to get the body to recognise their half baked medical degree holders.
I am sad to think that the SLMC and its current council may not be able to stand the onslaught and will cave in eventually and with that the only truly independent regulatory body in this country.
The parents of the foreign medical graduates will say anything (including alleging that the SLMC are a bunch of thieves, thugs and/ or LTTEers) to achieve their goal.
All of Sri Lanka will be sorry if the SLMC loses its current form and becomes an organisation led by government stooges.
Shai Sunday, 08 January 2012 02:32 AM
SLMC is not conducting the act16 exams in fair manaer. How come a gratuate fail only singe subject for several years....
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