Docs continue to protest against PMC



by Dilanthi Jayamanne

Alleging that Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Ministry Secretary, Anura Jayawickrama had violated the Medical Council Ordinance in agreeing to provide clinical training to students of the Malabe, Private Medical College, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday warned it would take legal action against them.


Addressing the Media at OPA, GMOA Spokesman Dr. Naveen Soysa said that the duo had flouted the Ordinance by agreeing in court to provide clinical training to Malabe PMC students in government health institutions. He said the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) had stressed that the PMC in Malabe could not be recognised owing to several shortcomings on its part, mainly the absence of a Teaching Hospital at the time of its launch.


Dr. Soysa maintained that the Minister had been only too eager to comply with a Supreme Court suggestion to facilitate the required clinical training for students of the Malabe PMC at selected state hospitals. However, the GMOA saw that only as an effort on his part to ensure his family’s well-being. Dr. Soysa said that children of trade unionist leaders and civil society high ups were also studying at the Malabe PMC.


The government had pledged in the 2016 budget to refrain from awarding medical education to the private sector. Ministers and Members of Parliament had all agreed to this. "But it did not take us long to realise how hypocritical they are," he said. With the turn of events the GMOA is ready to intervene in anything that threatens the health service of the country, the Spokesman warned.


Dr. Soysa reiterated his association’s position that the government take over the Malabe PMC and streamline the quality of its medical education.


Responding to questions regarding the plight of its students in such an eventuality, Dr Soysa said that according to the publicity given to the college there were students who had missed entering medical faculty by a very few marks. "In that case there standard should be good and they would have nothing to worry about even if it is taken over by the government," he said.


Students of Malabe PMC have filed a contempt of court case against the Health Minister and the Ministry Secretary for failing to comply with an undertaking given in the Supreme Court to facilitate the required clinical training at designated state hospitals in November last year. They have also stated that the Health Minister and Health Secretary who were cited as respondents failed to cooperate with the Malabe PMC to facilitate the required clinical training at designated government hospitals.


The Ministry of Health in mid December gave an undertaking to the Supreme Court to provide clinical training to the students of the Malabe PMC at the Avissawella Base Hospital and the Kaduwela MOH.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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