SLMC to decide on measures to be taken next Wednesday


By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) yesterday said that an urgent Council meeting had been called for next Wednesday (08) during which it would decide on the measure to be taken regarding Tuesday’s (31) ruling by the Court of Appeal which directed the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to give provisional registration to medical students passing out of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

It ruled that the SLMC should approve the registration of SAITM graduates as medical practitioners.

Meanwhile the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) warned it was contemplating complaining to the international bodies monitoring the standards of medicine regarding SAITM, Malabe to avert adverse impact on the medical profession.

GMOA Spokesman, Dr Samantha Ananda alleged that the international recognition received by the medical degrees of neighbour India was very poor and that the union did not want a similar fate to befall the Sri Lankan medical degrees.

Dr. Ananda said the union’s General Committee would meet today (02) at 10 am to decide on its next course of action following yesterday’s consultations among its 112 branch members. "If the Committee wants us also to resort to legal action to ensure the standards of medical education and protect the rights of patients, we will do so according to legal advice," he said.

Responding to a question regarding the vehement opposition by the union against Private Medical College in Malabe since regime change, the spokesman said the union had been opposing the standards of the PMC since 2010. It is not a recent battle. He said during the same time the country’s highest academic authorities in health education- the Health Ministry under the former Minister who is the present President, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the Deans of the medical faculties had carried out separate assessments on SAITM and submitted three independent reports highlighting the want of standards for the institution to function as a full fledged medical faculty.

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