Homagama docs protest against Minister twisting arm of SLMC

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

Doctors of the Homagama Base Hospital staged a lunch hour protest yesterday against Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella’s efforts to intimidate the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) into registering the MBBS qualified graduates of the Private Medical College in Malabe.

GMOA Assistant Secretary, Dr Haritha Aluthge said that over 500 doctors attached to the Homagama Base Hospital and its staff staged the protest demanding the Minister halt his intimidation.

He alleged that the Minister had submitted false documentation stating that the deans of state medical faculties had agreed to proposals that the PMC suspend student admission for six months, while those students who successfully completed the MMBS examination undergo clinical training in government hospitals for a period of four months.

Dr Aluthge said it was also ironical that respondents two, three and four were bent on intimidating the first respondent of the writ petition filed by MBBS graduate of the PMC seeking an order from the Court to compel the SLMC to register him as a medical practitioner.

He said that the petitioner had cited the SLMC, SAITM, Minister of Higher Education, Lakshman Kiriella, Ministry Secretary, University Grant Commission and Minister of Health Dr Rajitha Senaratne as respondents. He alleged that they were only trying to repress an establishment which was responsible for regulating the medical education of the country.

Meanwhile the SLMC was scheduled to convene a meeting tomorrow (17) its first after the decision given by the Court of Appeal on January 31.

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