In the midst of controversy over Prof. Carlo Fonseka’s appointment as Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Chief in the coming month which certain groups in the medical profession had protests against in fear of an impending crisis in the medical sector, Fonseka said today that he was not interested in the SLMC Chief.
Some 40 medical organisations including the Government Medical Officers Association which comprised a majority of doctors in the public sector had appealed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to refrain from appointing Fonseka as the new chief and to instead allow incumbent SLMC President Lalitha Mendis to remain as SLMC chief for another two an a half years until her term ends.
“At this stage in my life I’m not looking for a new job. If the authorities appoint her it is fine by me,” Fonseka said adding that Prof. Mendis was once a pupil of his who was willing and able to continue as SLMC chief. In the meantime informed sources said Prof. Fonseka had met with President Rajapaksa last week for reasons unknown.
Prof. Mendis had given in an early resignation letter to resign on January 1 but later requested to stay on after medical organisations urged her to stay following concerns of medical organisations of an impending crisis in the medical sector and threats to the medical profession. They said appointing Fonseka would be detrimental to the medical sector. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
Comments - 13
Wijenayhake Saturday, 31 December 2011 11:27 AM
Is it a crime to be a Professor with a common touch?. Are the medical organizations looking for a person who can "see no evil, hear no evil" of their clan? Appointing him to this coveted post will be detrimental to the medical organizations with vicious intents. Wijenayake
Dumaind Paranwithana Saturday, 31 December 2011 12:28 PM
All medicial orginization incuuding GMOA IS BUSNIESS ORINTED -PROFIT MAKING ORGINIZATIONS.DOCOTORS BACOME MILLIONERS IN SRI LANKA ,NO OTHE COUNTRY HAVING SUCH PRIVILAGES IN THE WORLD.THEY ARE DEMANDING HIGH SALARY OF SIX FIGERS AND DUTY FREE VECHILS AND OTHER UNKNOWN PARKE AND BENFITS FOR TAX PAYERS MONEY.WHILE GMOA SEEK UNLIMITED EARN INCOME WITOUT PAYING TAX TO GOSL. THEY DEMAND FOR STRIKS FOR EVERY DEMAND NOT BEEN GRANTED BY GOSL.IN SOME WAY THEY ARE INHUMAN AS LTTE-TERRORIST OUT-FIT..
raj Saturday, 31 December 2011 12:26 PM
Kiribandage Putha Saturday, 31 December 2011 02:28 PM
Pro. Carlo is the best person for SLMC for the current time. Current goveronment will asses malabe medical college as a well recognized university in asia. So Jelousy guyz, Dont disturb them. Give the strength to the people who are willing to do better thing. Dont make a name called 'Island of Jelous' to my 'Laughing Island'.... Think twice.. Happy New Year... @ game kade , kumbukgaha muukalana, Monaragala, Sri Lanka..
sena Saturday, 31 December 2011 06:23 PM
detrimental to the profession - meaning he will implement policies that will require accountability from doctors against current practices based purely on income and not on ethics
Herby Pdmaperuma Saturday, 31 December 2011 10:20 PM
Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Permanent Leader of the Opposion,please take note and an example from Prof. Carlo Fonseeka, that here are gentlemen in Sri Lankla, who value theiri dignity, shame and esteem, to being, kicked, pushd and poopooed whjen cliging veerciously to Power. Prof. Carlo Fonseka, express disinterest not in a delapidated torn to pieces Party, but one concerning the Whole Medical Organisations.
Randimal Sunday, 01 January 2012 05:24 AM
The nuances of this situation is still unclear to me. First of all, I'm quite aware that what is being said is not related to the real situations/reasons.
Why did Prof. Mendis submit her resignation? There is no-one in Sri Lanka who is not political; so what are the real reasons why medical councils oppose Prof. Fonseka?
love nation Sunday, 01 January 2012 09:09 AM
He will divide and rule any where he entering, like US
priyantha Sunday, 01 January 2012 05:17 PM
these doctors who learnt from free education for at least 15years dedicating their most plesant era in the life but neither serving to the nation or politics and always claim for their demands though they get 50 thousands (with allowances) per month . they are not doing night duties as well as they are not serving the rural community. if these doctors not there we could achive better place in the health sector in the world and I cann't understand that why these fellows against this so called private medical schools and such a veteran prof, Fonseka who goes hand to hand with minister S.B.
Doctor Saturday, 31 December 2011 06:03 AM
You're right Professor. You have brains though no brawns.
sdherath Saturday, 31 December 2011 07:40 AM
that is the only good thing this fellow can do right now to the sri Lankan medical field, cheers
Lalindra Saturday, 31 December 2011 09:25 AM
A politically strong person who will not bow down to political pressure and the plum of office. We should be proud of people like this.
Sanjaya.W Saturday, 31 December 2011 10:03 AM
It is surprise to see a nice comment from a YES man....
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