Medical Lab. Society threatens  strike over accreditation

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Sri Lanka Society for Medical Laboratory Science (SLSMLS) warned that they would resort to trade union action if the Health Ministry failed to intervene in the awarding of accreditation to laboratories.

President of the SLSMLS, Ravi Kumudesh said that Medical Laboratory Technologists were in the dark as to who was involved in awarding accreditation as none of the qualified medical laboratory technologists, registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council, had been involved in the process.

They have all been sidelined Kumudesh alleged, stating that the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) was being established for the benefit of the private sector. The SLAB would assess and give accreditation to all labs. But, the question was who was to carry out these assessments, he said.

The SLSMLS President urged the Health Ministry and the SLAB to reveal who was involved in assessing standards of the laboratories. He alleged that the programme would benefit the private sector as they were bound to find disparities between the government and private sector lab services. However, when contacted, the Health Ministry said that it was not aware of an Accreditation Scheme for Laboratories. Instead, the Ministry had formulated a Laboratory Act. The existing Laboratory policy has been drafted as an Act. It has to be submitted to the Health Secretary before sending it to the Legal Draftsman which would take some time as there were several other legal drafts of the Health Ministry which were pending.

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