The All Ceylon Medical Officers’ Union (ACMOU) alleged that the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine and the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital were still engaged in an attempt to obtain patients from the Mulleriyawa Mental Hospital, despite protestations from the doctors at the Mental Hospital.

General Secretary of the ACMOU, Dr. Jayantha Bandara said that they would along with other trade unions embark on a series of actions against the private medical college in Malabe, calling on the Government to stop the operations of the SAITM.

The ACMOU vehemently condemned the recent brutal attack by the Police on students of Medical Faculties of State Universities protesting against the SAITM.

The SAITM is presently attempting to hold the final clinical examinations with the support of corrupt politicians and Government officials, he claimed.

The SLMC report into SAITM highlights a lot of inadequacies pertaining to a lot of aspects including of the clinical practice, therefore without there being no proper clinical training, which is the foundation of medicine, how can the students become doctors? he queried.

“This corrupt institution must be stopped and the lives of the people of the country must be safeguarded. The SAITM and the attached hospital is substandard. There are so many loopholes. SAITM has not received proper approval from the Board of Investment, the Ministry of Health, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the Ministry of Higher Education,” Dr. Bandara pointed out.