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GMOA wants decision on KDU medical degree admission suspended

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Colombo, April 25 (Daily Mirror) - The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has requested the government to suspend the recent Cabinet decision which approved local students to gain admission to the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University's medical degree programme.

Under the endorsed proposal, which received the nod from the Cabinet, aspiring medical students from Sri Lanka will have the opportunity to commence their studies at the renowned institution from the upcoming academic year.

Dr. Chamil Wijesinghe, spokesperson for the GMOA, called on the government to suspend the decision, citing concerns over its lack of consultation with relevant stakeholders and transparency.

"The relevant authorities have not provided sufficient reasons for implementing this decision," Dr. Wijesinghe stated. "As a professional body, we are concerned about the potential impact on the quality of medical education."

Furthermore, the GMOA announced plans to address their concerns with the President's Office, seeking clarification on the decision-making process.

As such, the GMOA has called for the suspension of the decision until further clarification is provided by the government.

The proposed admission process for local students is reported to be primarily based on the applicants' 'Z score' obtained from the GCE Advanced Level Examination, along with other relevant qualifications. However, it has been clarified that admission will be contingent upon payment of fees.

  Comments - 43

  • Incompetent Politicians Making A Mockery in Decision Making Thursday, 25 April 2024 03:19 AM

    These are stupid decisions the politicians will implement. By approving “admission will be contingent upon payment of fees”, any idiot can gain admission after paying some kind of fees. That’s why there are few incompetent professionals in the various sectors but holding big titles which some politicians too are also having.

    Lk Thursday, 25 April 2024 04:05 AM

    GMOA is not grown up to the reality of the medical studies around the country today .. Out more than 30.000 students only 2000 get admission to our universities to read medicine … Many qualified students don’t get any chance to do Medicine some go abroad .. Many can’t go abroad what is the solution ? Open private medical colleges ? Extra faculties? What else Sending abroad ? Where is funding ? Pay back what you get from free education now ? If only all doctors pay the tax we can have enough fund to open some faculties.. These crafty doctors try to fool the government with this false claim

    Zak Thursday, 25 April 2024 05:02 AM

    Some people blame the JVP on anti-private education especially a private medical college but in fact the main obstacle is the Phottuwa backed GMOA

    Nm Thursday, 25 April 2024 11:31 AM


    Tissa Fernando Thursday, 25 April 2024 05:11 AM

    GMOA does not want more doctors , they just want shortage so they could earn millions from private practice.

    Man Friday, 26 April 2024 10:32 AM

    Because the quality matters rather than the quantity.

    S. K. S. Kumara Thursday, 25 April 2024 05:46 AM

    Pure jealousy!

    Ram Thursday, 25 April 2024 06:20 AM

    GMOA was silent during Gota's time and RW's continuation on the hot seat. Now raising its head. Dr Wijesinghe is talking about quality medical education. I agree on that. The local medical faculties opened in Anuradhapura, Sabaragamuwa, Batticalo etc cannot match Colombo, Peradeniya or Galle. Why is GMOA challenging KDU? Only because it is a paid medical school. They even opposed SAITEM. I guess GMOA does not want any private medical education provided in Sri Lanka

    Dee Thursday, 25 April 2024 07:09 AM

    GOMA quacks to the rescue!

    Sam Thursday, 25 April 2024 07:17 AM

    Back-off, GMOA. Let the students have their choice

    Malik Thursday, 25 April 2024 07:18 AM

    What is the GMOA's problem? Scared that with more doctors being churned out that they will face competition? As a professional body, where was their concern about the potential impact on the quality of medical service when so many doctors left their posts in search of better opportunities for themselves after having been provided free education and training to be made doctors at wholly the public's expense? Did they bat an eyelid to consider reimbursing the cost (and opportunity cost) back to the government? These guys are now somehow concerned that some will educate themselves be doctors contingent upon payment of fees! They have no qualms running overseas to educate their children and incurring what ever expense needed, often funded by exorbitant private practice consultation income, hopefully fully declared to the tax authorities.

    das Thursday, 25 April 2024 07:40 AM

    Suspend this obstructive and opportunistic union

    Concerned Citizen Thursday, 25 April 2024 07:48 AM

    Disgusting GMOA scoundrels. Please do not allow these frustrated morons to control the country’s education policy ! They simply want to disrupt private medical education at any cost...

    Anura Thursday, 25 April 2024 07:58 AM

    GMOA does not need to worry about ptes-graduation education. Just focus on getting your members stick to their Hippocratic Oath. Just stop the hypocrisy.

    sacre blieu Thursday, 25 April 2024 08:00 AM

    This appeared to be another farce in the making. Immagine those with parents of much wealth(Illicit as well) rushing to put their children even with the minimum marks being awarded this all important sensitive degree giving the licence to kill. Another degree bought over the counter.

    Indika Thursday, 25 April 2024 06:21 PM

    What utter nonsense. 'Parents of much wealth' can send their kids to more prestigious universities overseas. Medical universities do not award licences to kill either. You don't know the meaning of a degree bought over the counter and one studied for over many years.

    Man Friday, 26 April 2024 10:35 AM

    Absolutely correct.

    UniDon Thursday, 25 April 2024 08:33 AM

    The so-called other qualifications are very clear. If you are rich and have connections with top military personnel or politicians, then you can enroll your half-learned daughters and sons in the KDU medical faculty. Ranil and his clan know nothing other than selling. But can we imagine any alternatives, either from the ideologically confused AKD and Malima or from the IMF backers like SJB? So, the onus of protecting public education is with us, the general public. 

    madhawal Thursday, 25 April 2024 08:33 AM

    The Sri Lankan government officials are the most distressful selfish people in this word, they need the society to treat them as deferent kind of supper humans and worship them for the service that they provided for a salary. Docs know when the country produce enough and more docs they will not have that god level in the society. Mr. Precedent please do not fall in to those culprits and do the right thing for this country.

    sam Thursday, 25 April 2024 08:39 AM

    If quality is low GMOA should object to anyone follow the course

    Priyan66 Thursday, 25 April 2024 09:09 AM

    GMOA is equally responsible for todays economic mess as they oppose private medical colleges and let forex drain out of the country for higher education

    Tax payer Thursday, 25 April 2024 09:10 AM

    Hello GMOA, first ask your members to return to country and serve the country as their university fees are paid by people of this country

    sam Thursday, 25 April 2024 09:20 AM

    we very well know the "quality" of the doctors of GMOA

    murali Thursday, 25 April 2024 09:21 AM

    Govt. should not given in to these GMOA thugs, hell bent on scuttling the progress of the younger generation . Tax payer funded, free educated, non tax paying GMOA doctors

    Graduate teacher Thursday, 25 April 2024 09:41 AM

    Ignore GMOA. They are a curse to our medical facilities. May I suggest we get representatives from Indian medical council together with SLMC to assess the facilities available at General Sir J K Defence university.

    QP Thursday, 25 April 2024 10:11 AM

    The minimum qualification to enter a medical faculty remained 4 simple passes when 4 subjects were offered and three passes when the number of subjects were reduced to 3. It was changed to 3 Cs only recently as a way of regulating entry to private medical schools. The argument that opening up KDU to admit fee paying students will produce low quality doctors is made out of jealousy and nothing else. If private medical schools were allowed to operate in this country it would have not only saved a large amount of foreign exchange but also brought in a lot of valuable exchange.

    Lakshman Maddumahewa Thursday, 25 April 2024 10:15 AM

    Mr president don't regard those selfish GMOA culprits concerns. They destroyed every attempt to make private medical education. This time no need heed those culprits voices again. People are rally with u.

    Luke Thursday, 25 April 2024 11:21 AM

    Read the KDU proposal before commenting. It is people like you who had blocked our development by misleading people for the last 74 yrs.

    Mahesh Thursday, 25 April 2024 11:52 AM

    Pure jealousy! We need smart leaders to pushback this arrogant and outdated ideologies .

    tilak Thursday, 25 April 2024 12:19 PM

    There is no basis to assume that the education quality will be poor. The same standards applied to other medical faculties will be a[applied to KDU for admission. Just because they pay for admission does not mean they get qualified without medical knowledge or skill. This is humbug created by tax payer funded non tax paying doctors in this country.

    Gamini Thursday, 25 April 2024 12:21 PM

    If fees are the problem, then convert all medical colleges in SL to fee levying institutions. After all we tax payers fund the doctors free education and get nothing in return. No tax paid to the gvot. and exorbitant consultation fees charged form the people who funded their education

    Rip Winkle Thursday, 25 April 2024 12:29 PM

    Dear GMOA, Doesn't big pharma pay you enough for prescribing expensive medications to poor patients (during the hours you spend practicing privately) in spite of the availability of much cheaper but equally effective generics?

    Jehan Thursday, 25 April 2024 12:53 PM

    Then they should propose banning doctors from migrating as well. How many doctors did migrate in the last year or so after educating themselves from poor people's money?

    Sam Thursday, 25 April 2024 01:20 PM

    Are they saying people who pays for their sducstion arent clever? This is not true, we can produce better clever students if they pay because they care about their education rather than getting it free.

    Srilankan Thursday, 25 April 2024 03:08 PM

    Who is talking about quality of doctors ? GMOA???

    Banda Thursday, 25 April 2024 05:14 PM

    Dont listen to these self serving idiots. That's enough now. Ask them to go to somewhere else. We dont care.

    concerned Thursday, 25 April 2024 05:23 PM

    I had to study in the West and qualify as an engineer. Worked hard day and night to pay off my university fees while studying. Many Sri Lankans with me at uni were similar. Some worked to pay their fees and others were rich enough to afford it but non of them were stupid or under educated. All of us are now doing good jobs, many at world renowed companies in the West. If you continue to oppose private education, you will keep forcing large numbers of intelligent youth who do not get into state unis to go abroad and never return. You will only make the brain drain to the West worse. Either you allow private education or expand the state university numbers so that everyone who passes their A/Ls has the option to get a degree of their choice. GMOA should focus on improving the quality of service provided by current doctors. The standards are getting worse year by year. Patients have died and there is no justice.

    navi Thursday, 25 April 2024 09:12 PM

    This GMOA are behaving like drunken Prawns.

    Sumal Thursday, 25 April 2024 10:49 PM

    GMOA is not a professional body like SLMP or SLMC. It is a trade union or terrorist organization or underworld gangsters. Govt should not listen to these 3rd grade people.

    Bandu Friday, 26 April 2024 05:43 AM

    GMOA is the biggest anti-competitive organisation in the country. Limit doctors been qualified by private medical schools. Why, so they have a monopoly in medical care. SL has one of the highest doctor to patient ratio in Asia. i.e not enough doctors. GMOA doctors who qualify on tax payers funds can go overseas and earn money. Its a big racket by GMOA doctors. First pay the tax payers back for the free education.

    Man Friday, 26 April 2024 10:43 AM

    GMOA is correct in their stand. Before, spending for the naval ship in Red Sea where Gaza and having food for the starving children of Hamas the goverment shall look after the shortcomings in the existing state universities as the best and most intelligent students are there. In the case of migration of professionals, after the free education they must be charged at the current rate or forfeit their properties, if failed to charge, for the development of the free education.

    Gabaa Friday, 26 April 2024 10:51 AM

    Even though we know the GMOA is a big kalukada mudalali, I agree that KDU in some key fields can not offer degrees on their own, adhere to the same syllabus as the Medical College, and up the entrant criteria. Otherwise, the one who did Home Science for ALs also will pursue to become doctors, and people will have to face the adverse repercussions in the future

    citizen Friday, 26 April 2024 07:16 PM

    @Gabaa It is a bit of a stretch to expect Home Science students to pass a medical exam without 2 years of A/L science knowledge. In the UK, you need to have 3A* and A in science subjects to get a place for medicine. It is easy enough to implement similar entry requirements. Entry to all medical degress should also require a national entrance exam at university (state and private) and medical graduates could be made to pass a national exam before getting their MBBS so that standards are maintained across all universities, state and private. The entrance could also be opened to foreign exams like London A/Ls so other students and foreigners could bring in more foreign exchange. There is a complete seperate discussion about if the current Sri Lankan A/Ls are fit for purpose in the digital age of AI. Testing who can memorise the most and write it out on paper is not a true gauge of the brightest minds in the country.

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