GMOA claims Rajitha hampered solution

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By 2017-07-18

By Umesh Moramudali

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) claimed that Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had prevented a solution being found to the issues relating to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

GMOA General Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the GMOA had informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe about the conduct of Minister Senaratne and its impact on solving issues related to SAITM.

He added Minister Senaratne provide false information about the discussions held regarding SAITM and continued to defend SAITM which is a fraudulent institution.

The GMOA also claimed that there is no advantage in taking over this hospital to resolving the current crisis, unless it is coupled with taking over the management of its medical degree awarding institution.

Meanwhile, Federation of Faculty of Medicine Teachers' Associations of Sri Lanka (FFMTA) noted that the new hospital needs to run at least for about four to five years at full capacity to prove that it has adequate number and variety of patients to facilitate adequate exposure. It was added that no country will allow the establishment of a medical degree awarding institution without a fully functional hospital that has adequate patient turnover and variety.

"The taking over this hospital by the Government does not ensure that the current students of the institution will gain adequate exposure on patient care. Unless the management of the degree awarding institution is also taken over, 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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