The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is planning on informing the International Board of Medicine and Surgery (IBMS) about the low quality private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), and be requesting for an international investigation into the matter.
It was reported that the GMOA would highlight the direct and indirect political influences made on the GMOA for their intervention into the matter.
One of the Vice Presidents of the GMOA, Dr. K.M. Kudagama said that it was the ethical responsibility of the Association to inform the said corresponding body.
The IBMS will decide on whether to conduct an investigation or not, he added.
He noted that hereinafter doctors would have to face a lot of problems when they go abroad with regards to the quality of medical education.
“Things are not happening at the SAITM in the expected manner. They will be producing low quality doctors sans the recognition of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC). Way back then, at the Faculty of Medicine, Ragama, even as a Government and State medical school it came under fire from the SLMC for the fact that there were only a handful of professors teaching at the Faculty. The SLMC at the time stated that they would not recognize the Faculty if the Faculty did not have more professors. The standards of private schools should be much higher,” he explained.