The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has said that the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in Malabe was yet to conform to the standards described by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).

Secretary, GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath said that they had previously organized picketing campaign opposite the Awissawella Hospital and added more campaigns would be organized in future in Karapitiya, Peradeniya, Kurunegala and Badulla.

He also said that the Government’s recent decision to allow the Awissawella Base Hospital and hospitals in Kaduwela MOH area for clinical training for the SAITM students cannot be accepted.
He said what the Ministry Secretary informed the Court was training at government hospitals allowed for those who can be registered at the Medical Council. Medical Council has clearly mentioned that they are not suitable for registration. Here, we see a game by the SAITM officials and government to deceive us and go ahead,” he added.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told Nation that GMOA must realize the practical situation of GCE A/L students who reached highest Z-score but not selected to a government universities. “That is the big issue which we should all together fight. However, the case is in the courts and the courts will give us the most suitable solution at the next hearing day.”
Minister Senaratne also added that former GMOA chief Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya had given his consent with the meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.