Medical Lab technologists threaten strike

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Sri Lanka Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists (SLAGMLT) warns of a strike unless the government takes steps to nab bogus medical laboratory technicians

President of the SLAGMLT, Janaka Nishantha said yesterday that there were approximately 800 Laboratories functioning under unqualified MLTs in rural areas. The number could even be more, he added.

Government MLTs had to follow a two-year diploma before their registration with the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to be able to practise. However, many private sector medical labs were run by unqualified technicians. They had followed courses conducted by private sector institutions. A majority of the courses were not up to the required standard, the SLAGMLT chief said.

He said that MLTs were only trained by the Medical Research Institute, Peradeniya Teaching Hospital and the Institute of Health Sciences in Kalutara. He noted that the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) had come forward to recognise some of the places run by unqualified technical staff. .

"We will resort to trade union action next month," he said.

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