Written by Lahiru Fernando
10 Apr, 2017 | 8:19 am
Discussions are set to be held with all stake holders in the coming weeks on taking over the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital in Malabe under the Ministry of Health.
The Minister of Health says that four proposals have been put forward by the government over the matter. He added that the proposals were formulated after extensive discussions between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education and the President.
GMOA president Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya says that it is clear from the proposals that SAITM has acted in violation of law from its inception.
The GMOA claims that five proposals were put forward following discussions with the GMOA, deans of faculties and eight panels of university lecturers. However, Dr. Padeniya says “instead of implementing those proposals, four other proposals were presented. With this, the situation has become more confusing.”
“It is the government that formulates education policy when it comes to medicine”, says Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella.
Minister Kiriella says that the government cannot abolish SAITM as it will have to stand before court on charges of contempt of court.
He pointed out the proposals put forward by the government are in accordance with the court’s decision.
The Minister also clarified that the students of SAITM are “prepared to sit for any examination set by the UGC and the Medical Council” though they (the GMOA) say the students are “not qualified”.
President of the SL Medical Council Prof. Carlo Fonseka has informed News 1st that they will issue a statement on their stance after discussing with the medical council about the situation that has arisen.
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