To counter provisional recognition to SAITM: GMOA to appeal to World Federation for Medical Education | Sunday Observer

To counter provisional recognition to SAITM: GMOA to appeal to World Federation for Medical Education

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) will appeal to the UK-based World Federation for Medical Education to counter the efforts to allow provisional recognition for SAITM MBBS graduates.

The Counsel for GMOA Ravindranath Dabare said, “GMOA considers it a violation of the patients’ rights and they hope to seek intervention from the world body as well as other human rights organisations.”

He said the Association was also studying the judgement and hoping to make a legal intervention although it was not a party to this case.

Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) members will meet their legal consultants today, ahead of their appeal against the recent Court ruling allowing provisional...

...recognition for SAITM medical graduates. The appeal is required to be made within 42 days of the judgment. SLMC Chairman Prof. Carlo Fonseka said the Council will meet in an emergency session on Wednesday to take a crucial decision on the court ruling.

The Appeal Court in a controversial judgment last week ruled that the SAITM medical graduates can provisionally register under the SLMC as medical practitioners. The order triggered widespread protests led by student unions and the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) who were opposing any recognition for the private medical college due to alleged flaws in the clinical component of their training.

The GMOA threatened the government, if action to reverse the judgement is not taken within one week they will resort to an islandwide trade union action crippling the entire health sector. “The GMOA has not set a date for the islandwide strike,” the Counsel added.

The Appeal Court case was filed by a MBBS degree holder at SAITM, D.K.Malshini Suriyarachchi. She said her rights have been infringed by SLMC’s refusal to register her as a provisional medical practitioner.

SAITM CEO Dr.Sameera Senaratne said they were ready to counter any legal eventuality.