FFMTA seeks clarification

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By 2017-07-17

By Umesh Moramudali

The Federation of Faculty of Medicine Teachers' Associations of Sri Lanka (FFMTA) yesterday urged the Government to make it clear whether the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) is being nationalized or taken over by the Government on a rental basis.

FFMTA member Prof. Mahinda Kolambage told the media that according to information received the NFTH has been taken over by the Government on a rent basis and the FFMTA demanded a clarification.

"We do not see any advantage in taking over this hospital in resolving the current crisis, unless this is coupled with taking over the management of its medical degree awarding institute. None of the interested parties, such as deans of medical faculties, teachers of medical faculties, professionals, medical or other university students or the GMOA, see this as a means to end this crisis," Prof. Kolambage added.

The FFMTA added that a new hospital needs to run at least for about four to five years in its full capacity to prove that it has adequate number and variety of patients to facilitate exposure.

"The taking over this hospital by the government does not ensure that the current students of the institution will gain adequate exposure to patient care. Unless the management of the degree awarding institute is also taken over, the public can clearly see that the Government is spending billions of rupees of tax payers' money in acquiring and maintaining a hospital to support a profit making business of an individual, family or a group of individuals," FFMTA added.

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