The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) informed that President Maithripala Sirisena had agreed to that all those recruited to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) should possess the basic, minimum qualifications required to follow university education.
The GMOA recently met President Sirisena to discuss several issues including about the SAITM.
Vice-President of the GMOA, Dr. K.M. Kudagama said that while President Sirisena held the opinion of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) in relation to the matter in regard (Chairman of the SLMC, Prof. Carlo Fonseka had recently stated that he could not take any responsibility for doctors created by an institution sans standards, adding also that he would resign from his post if a Court order was issued directing the SLMC to register students of the SAITM as doctors), he was in favour of conducting an expansive discussion with all the interested parties and stakeholders in relation to the matter.
We proposed that the SAITM be maintained either as a State Government university or as semi-Government institution, he noted.
“President Sirisena was interested in our solutions. Our main worry is the basic qualification for recruitment. There are certain students sans the minimum qualifications to follow a course in a university let alone medicine. Minimum qualifications should be allocated the due place,” he observed.