SLMA not against private medical colleges Should be properly constituted and regulated

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By 2017-11-15

The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) while urging all students of State medical faculties to resume academic activities without delay, called on the Government to ensure that all agreements reached with the relevant stakeholders regarding the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue to be carried out without any compromise.

In a statement issued on the Government's decision to abolish SAITM and establish a not-for-profit institute coming under the Ministry of Higher Education, signed by President of the SLMA, Prof. Chandrika Wijayaratne, the SLMA expressed concern on health services and medical education in the country, the existing rules and regulations in the Medical Ordinance and the Universities Act, and stated that it provided the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) only with limited powers to regulate and ensure the standards of medical education.

Therefore, there is an urgent need to enact legislation to make the SLMC an independent authority with adequate powers to protect the public from unqualified or substandard medical practitioners, the SLMA noted.

The SLMA also stated that they were not opposed to properly constituted and regulated private medical education in the country, adding however that the issue of private medical education required further discussion.

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