SAITM dons ask why double standards on Malabe PMC

By Harischandra Gunaratna

The academic staff of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine yesterday said the treatment its medical graduates received from the government amounted to discrimination.

They said the government’s indecisiveness had caused immense suffering to the SAITM medical graduates.

Addressing a news conference held at the Neville Fernando Hospital, Malabe, Prof. Deepthi Samarage vehemently criticised the attitude of the Sri Lanka Medical Council which she said was practising double standards.

She said: "It has one set of rules for SAITM students and another for Sri Lankan students passing out from foreign medical schools".

She said the standards of students who had passed out from foreign medical schools were often of inferior quality.

Prof. Deepal Weerasekera was of the opinion that the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) was throwing its weight about. It was only a trade union and it shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions pertaining to SAITIM, he said.

Prof. Neville Perera said a few GMOA members appearing on TV had attempted to convince the public that what they uttered was the opinion of the GMOA, but the majority of the GMOA members did not subscribe to the former’s opinion.

Prof. Deepthi Samarage said "We have produced quality graduates and those passing out from SITM are on par with those from the state medical schools.

"Marks were not given at clinical exams on our own, but professors from Peradeniya, Colombo and Karapitiya were on the panel and despite pressures from various quarters they volunteered to serve on the panel."

Prof. Perera explained that students at state medical schools received clinical training mostly not under consultants, but juniors, but at Malabe all students were supervised by consultants themselves.

He said that the clinical training had been given with the help of mannequins and that was an internationally accepted practice which was very effective.



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