Accept government‘s decision on SAITM and stop anti SAITM campaigns-NMFEFE

Accept government‘s decision on SAITM and stop anti SAITM campaigns-NMFEFE

Accept government‘s decision on SAITM and stop anti SAITM campaigns-NMFEFE
Apr 12, 2017
Addressing a press conference held at Government Pharmacist Trade Union Hall at Borella in Colombo on April 11 Leaders of National Movement Free Education and Freedom to Education (NMFEFE) urged anti-SAITM Groups to accept government’s decision on SAITM and stop anti SAITM campaigns.
In the press conference, Co-convener of NMFEFE Saman Ratnapriya said that there was a crisis about the SAITM and it was created by GMO (Government Medical Officers) and university community.

“Government has been taken a solution for settle that SAITM issue. But we can’t agree with the decision about the special exam for MBBS degree completed students at SAITM due to the regulations of University Grant Commission Act.”

“We urge anti SAITM groups to accept the government decision about SAITM and end campaign for the betterment of the country,” said Ratnapriya.

Ven. Dambara Amila Thero, Co-convener of NMFEFE said that there must be a quality for every profession.

“If the Buddhist monk does not have a quality what will be happened?”

He added, “GMO leader Dr. Padeniya has been said that they will topple the government within three months period. It is not an easy task due to the over 6.2 million voted to the government. General public are not happy with GMO activities especially hospital strikes. These days many people suffer with influenza virus fever.”

The Buddhist monk pointed out that the needy of private medical colleges for the country.

“We need another fifteen private colleges for the benefit of the public health. But we have one doctor for 2000 people of the population in the country. There is a political agenda behind the anti-SAITM campaigns.”

“Doctors can’t play with the people every day. People have a right to being healthy. They will react at the correct time,” said Amila Thero.

Co-conveners of NMFEFE Gamini Viyangoda and Dr. U. Anura Kumara also spoke out the event.

“There must have a common exam for the final year medical students of government and SAITM,” said Dr. U. Anura Kumara.
Meanwhile, Government has cited four decisions on the SAITM matter as follows:

1. SAITM students who have already passed the final MBS examination will be given a further period of clinical training in Surgery, Medicine in Gynaecology and Obstetricts, Psychiatry and Paediatrics, one month each in duration at Homagama and Avissawella hospitals.

2. Subsequent to this training, candidates will undergo a mandatory examination conducted for granting provisional registration  under the joint supervision of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and University Grant Commission.

3. The Ministry of Health will gazette the minimum standards for medical education in Sri Lanka submitted by SLMC with the approval of AG.
4. The Ministry of Health will initiate the proceedings to bring the “Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital’ under the Ministry of Health and will continue to run as a Teaching Hospital.
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