SL Govt announces stance on SAITM – People suffer following GMOA strike

SL Govt announces stance on SAITM – People suffer following GMOA strike

SL Govt announces stance on SAITM – People suffer following GMOA strike

Written by Lahiru Fernando

07 Apr, 2017 | 5:24 pm

The Sri Lankan Government has announced their stance on the issue regarding the South Asian Institute of Technological and Medicine  a.k.a SAITM.

The government has cited four decisions on the matter;

1. SAITM students who have already passed the final MBBS examination will be given a further period of clinical training in Surgery, Medicine, in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Psychiatry and Paediatrics, one month each in duration, at Homagama and Avissawella hospitals.

2. Subsequent to this training, candidates will undergo a mandatory examination conducted for granting provisional registration under the joint supervision of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the University Grant Commission.

3. The Ministry of Health will gazette the minimum standards for medical education in Sri Lanka submitted by the SLMC with the approval of AG.

4. The Ministry of Health will initiate the proceedings to bring the ‘Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital’ Under the Ministry of Health and will continue to run as a Teaching Hospital.

  • The above decisions were announced by the Ministry of Higher Education & Highways in a press release issued on April 7, 2017 – signed by Jayanthi Wijethunga – Acting Secretary to the Ministry

The strike against SAITM

April 5 – We reported on how the influenza virus caused the evacuation of an entire university. We also reported on how the GMOA is planning on carrying out an island-wide strike while our own countrymen suffer with dengue and influenza.

(Read full report here: Influenza Virus: University evacuated, rising numbers and GMOA’s planned strike)

Well, that day has come. The Government Medical Officers Association began their 24 hour strike against Private Medical Colleges.

The patients? – they were left helpless and inconvenienced.

A number of other health sector trade unions supported in the GMOA strike. They are;

  • The Government Dental Surgeons Association
  • The Ayuruvedic doctors association
  • The Veterinarian doctors

“The GMOA has to take a decision as to whether we are on the side of the patients or on the side of the politicians.” – Samantha Ananda (Media Spokesperson – GMOA)

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