President orders cancellation of Higher Education Ministry gazette
‘Shall’ replaced with ‘May’ in tweaked provision –Carlo

SLMC registration for practising medicine:


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had ordered the Higher Education Ministry to withdraw a special gazette notification it issued on January 31, 2014, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said. It thanked Sri Lanka Medical Council President Prof. Carlo Fonseka for the latter’s intervention to have the problem sorted out.

GMOA General Committee member Dr. Navin de Soyza faulted the Secretary Higher Education Ministry Sunil Jayantha Navaratne for having issued a special gazette notification implying that the SLMC’s registration was not necessary to practise medicine for the medical degrees offered by the private medical schools.

He pointed out that the GMOA was grateful to Prof. Carlo Fonseka for bringing the matter to the notice of the President.

Prof. Carlo Fonseka, when contacted for comment, said he had met President Rajapaksa and explained to him the legal implications of the special gazette notification issued  by Higher Education Ministry Secretary. The secretary had changed the word ‘shall’ to ‘may’, he said. The relevant section of the Gazette notification is as follows:

"31. All Non State Institutes recognized as degree awarding institutes in pursuance to reports made to the Minister by the Specified Authority under Section 70C of the Act and which offer study programmes leading to Degrees in Medicine, Engineering, Architecture and other similar professional Degrees also may seet (sic) compliance certificates from respective professional bodies." (Emphasis added)

Prof. Fonseka added that it was illegal for anyone to practise medicine without registration with the SLMC.

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