GMOA to complain against SAITM to IGP



By Don Asoka Wijewardena


The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Executive Committee has unanimously decided to forward a complaint, to IGP N. K. Illangakoon next week, against the South Asian Institute of Medicine (SAITM).


They want the IGP to probe the activities of the SAITM.


The GMOA claims that the SAITM does not have a proper panel of the lecturers, a professorial unit, laboratory facilities and a teaching hospital for its students to do clinical work. They claim that some parents have already filed cases in Court seeking redress.


GMOA Media Spokesman Dr. Navin de Soysa told a Media Conference at the GMOA head office yesterday that parents of students, of the Malabe PMC, were being forced to fork out exorbitant fees. He claimed that the existence of the Malabe PMC was a major threat to the medical education of the country, as many students without suitable qualifications were being enrolled.


GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Nalin Ariyaratne said that the time had come to bring the issue to the notice of the IGP for him to take action against the illegal activities at the SAITM, whose Director was not registered in the SLMC, but had been appointed to manage the activities of the medical school.


When contacted SAITM Director Dr. Sameera Senaratne dismissed the GMOA allegations. He said that SAITM Chairman Dr. Nevile Fernando had offered many scholarships to poor students and all the accounts were being audited by the Internal Audit Department located the college.


He pointed out that the GMOA, since the inception of the college, had been vindictive towards the school without any apparent reason. The SAITM was well aware of the GMOA’s ulterior motives. "Our activities are transparent, because the Higher Education Ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC) have recognized the school and degree awarding status was granted. Even the 5-member Committee appointed by the Health Minister has recommended that the school complete the requirements in due course, " Dr. Senaratne stressed.


He added that SAITM had never misled the parents of the students. Even the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) had issued a set of guidelines to the school to comply with. SAITM was fulfilling all the guidelines issued by the SLMC. The Teaching hospital for its students to do clinical work would be ready by the end of this year.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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