GMOA seeks parliamentary approval for minimum standards for medical education

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday urged the government to get parliamentary approval for minimum standards of Medical Education (MSME).

GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge, responding to President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision on Wednesday (21) to absorb the SAITM medical undergraduates who had fulfilled the required education qualifications into the Medical Faculty of the Kotalawela Defence University (KDU-MF), said there was much more to be done.

Dr Aluthge said an expert committee should be appointed to help implement the President decision and a timeframe set. He observed that the medical undergraduates with required qualifications should be given the opportunity to chose an alternative to KDU-MF such as the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy in Russia.

The GMOA Secretary said that besides issuing the gazette annulling SAITM medical school the government should consider using the buildings of that institution for the Moratuwa Medical Faculty to be set up.

The GMOA said, on Thursday (22), that the President had taken a timely decision at long last.

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