GMOA warns of countrywide action Calls on government to solve SAITM issue

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By 2017-03-21

By Umesh Moramudali

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) yesterday warned of countrywide trade union action if the government fails to address the concerns raised regarding the South Asian Institution of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha Alutge said that they have provided Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne two weeks to address the issues.

"We want the government to Gazette......the minimum standards for medical education in the country. We as the GMOA always stands for the quality of the health service in Sri Lanka and this should not be compromised," Dr. Alutge added.
The major demands of the GMOA include the gazetting of the minimum standards for medical education in Sri Lanka, to inform the Higher Education Ministry that SAITM was not in compliance with the SLMC standards, stop recruitments and to nationalize SAITM. The GMOA noted, that so far the government had not specified its position regarding the private medical education although certain ministers make different statements.

"Neither the President nor Premier has made it clear. However, the quality of the medical practice cannot be compromised and the GMOA is of the opinion that such quality has to be assured," the GMOA said in a statement.

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