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Colombo, Feb 22 (Daily Mirror) - In the wake of scathing criticisms on the Ministry of Health's handling of the proliferation of quacks in Sri Lanka, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has raised serious concerns over the rampant illegal practice of medicine across the country.

“In Sri Lanka, the practice of medicine has to be strictly regulated, requiring individuals to possess a valid registration with either the Sri Lanka Medical Council, Ayurvedic Medical Council, or Homeopathic Medical Council, and meet required qualifications. Those practicing without such registrations are deemed fake doctors, posing a grave risk to public health,” the GMOA said in a special statement. 

According to reports, there exist various groups of individuals masquerading as doctors, including those without basic medical qualifications, engaging in unauthorized medical practices, and impersonating legitimate healthcare professionals. Surveys estimate that upwards of 40,000 such individuals operate with impunity nationwide, exploiting legal loopholes and evading enforcement efforts.

Despite existing legal frameworks ostensibly aimed at curbing this menace, enforcement remains a significant challenge. 

The GMOA highlights a dearth of both legal provisions and human resources dedicated to identifying and prosecuting bogus practitioners, exacerbating the problem.

The association underscores the need for concerted action, proposing measures such as public awareness campaigns, dedicated hotlines for reporting, legal reforms, and specialized enforcement teams comprising health officers empowered to conduct raids.

However, the GMOA laments the Ministry of Health's lethargic response to the crisis, decrying the lack of urgency in addressing the issue.

Furthermore, the GMOA raises alarms over the emerging trend of unregulated medication distribution by private pharmacies, warning of the grave risks posed to public health. While certain medications may be dispensed without a prescription, the indiscriminate provision of drugs without medical oversight poses significant dangers.

Amidst mounting challenges facing the country's healthcare system, the GMOA implores the Ministry of Health to acknowledge the severity of the situation and take immediate, decisive action.


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  • MBBS, MD, FRCS are designed to fool the society Thursday, 22 February 2024 07:28 PM

    Doctors, do you have answers to COVID or DENGUE ? If you have answers then we we wouldn’t have had lockdowns during COVID or public health inspectors dealing with Dengue using social control. So, you doctors still want to control medicine portraying yourselves as “ medical experts “ when you are haves nothing to offer which can not be offered by a nurse, paramedic , or anyone trained for just six months. Our foolish Politicians with little or no education are simply being fooled by the doctors . We must deregulate the medical profession and allow others to get into treating patients .

    ruwan Friday, 23 February 2024 12:10 AM

    after a long time, saw your typical comment.

    Qualified Doctor Friday, 23 February 2024 04:21 AM

    Lord save you and your world.

    Pathirana Thursday, 22 February 2024 07:34 PM

    It is not the bogus doctors that is the problem , it is the real doctors all of whom are “bogus experts” in the science of medicine is the actual problem. Their only expertise is to prescribe medicines as indicated by pharmaceuticals who make the medicines.

    Ruwan Friday, 23 February 2024 07:07 AM

    I agree Pathirana. With one Medical council registration soon after graduation the doctor is registered for life in our Medical council. Medical knowledge continuously is up graded, but our doctors are re-registered without any revalidation. Only asking 5000 Rs every 5 years to continue practising as a "Registered Qualified Expert" medical professional. What a farce.

    Nuwan Thursday, 22 February 2024 11:43 PM

    @ MBBS, MD and @ Pathirana: both the comments are excellent , you are telling the REAL TRUTH about the doctors .

    Aquarius Friday, 23 February 2024 01:57 AM

    The ex-Minister was definitely a quack. Any idea where he is?

    Ashad Dole Friday, 23 February 2024 05:30 AM

    Didn't a former President of the GMOA, not very long ago, himself go and dabble in politics and advice that foolish President of our country about the use of manure a subject alien to the former and bring untold misery on our farmers ??? This is now written into our history books as a "Quack leading another Quack up the garden path"

    Paramanathan K Friday, 23 February 2024 05:56 AM

    The GMOA swiftly points fingers at governments, deflecting attention from their egregious mistakes. Who bears responsibility for transforming Sri Lanka into a nation plagued by health issues? Despite the presence of a significant number of qualified doctors in government hospitals, the country grapples with substandard healthcare services, exacerbated by a surge in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) affecting a substantial portion of the population. The root cause of this predicament lies in the gross negligence of doctors, as there is a lack of a systematic approach for detecting diseases before their symptoms worsen. This negligence is compounded by the fact that doctors in government service engage in private practice, resembling a form of insider trading. The GMOA, once a professional association, has regrettably transformed into a quasi-mafia trade union resorting to coercive measures, holding the government hostage to fulfill their demands.

    Patient Friday, 23 February 2024 06:41 AM

    Before Govt. regulate the medical practice professionals. They should monitor the qualified health professionals to follow the ethics, patient care and oath they took before practicing as medical practitioners. In Srilanka most of these professionals are worried about making money and seek all the benefits they can get from Govt and people. Why do they need special benefits like permit cars, good school for their children and lower tax charge high consultation fee for just prescribing Panadol. This should be stoped and treated them as ordinary citizen.

    Dr. Ravi Gunaratne Friday, 23 February 2024 07:10 AM

    Most of the quacks or charlatans in my experience are Russian qualified “doctors”. Proper checks and balances must be conduced by the ministry to weed out the chafe from the wheat.

    Rip Winkle Friday, 23 February 2024 11:03 AM

    Doctors were once respected for the work they did. Now they're nothing but a bunch of thieves, ready to stick a stent in you even for a common cold if they could. In addition almost every one of them are in the pockets of big pharmaceutical companies.

    Is Rukshan Bellana PhD, a denist or a real Medical school graduate Friday, 23 February 2024 12:59 PM

    When quack is mentioned the name Rukshan Bellana comes to mind. He could be demist as they also get to use Doctor title, or even a PhD, instead of being a medical doctor. In many overseas country is the least able medical graduate doctors who do administration, because they can't look the sick, so they do paper work and other office work.

    Aquarius Friday, 23 February 2024 01:02 PM

    How many doctors registered with the Medical council are specialised "Consultants"? This is just a way of making extra bucks on poor patients.

    DPerera Friday, 23 February 2024 01:09 PM

    GMOA and JVP were not allowing private medical colleges to exist in the country. That is one reason why there are not enough doctors to serve people, forcing poor people to seek help from quack doctors.


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