The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has rejected the solution offered by the government on the SAITM issue.
Speaking to the media this evening, GMOA Secretary Dr. Navin de Zoysa said they wanted the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) shut down, not taken over by the government.
He also promised that the GMOA would set up a branch within the newly nationalised Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital and continue their protest to have SAITM closed.
The government announced earlier today the Health Ministry would take over the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital.
MBBS graduates from SAITM would be given further clinical training at the Homagama and Avissawella Hospitals, whereafter they would undergo a mandatory examination under the joint supervision of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) for provisional registration.
In a statement the Higher Education Ministry said the Neville Fernando Hospital would continue to operate as a teaching hospital under the Health Ministry.
Additionally, the Ministry said South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) students who have passed their final MBBS examination would be given further clinical training – extending a month each – in the areas of surgery, medicine, gynecology and obstetrics, psychiatry and pediatrics, at the Homagama and Avissawella Hospitals.
Subsequent to this training, candidates will undergo a mandatory examination under the joint supervision of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) for provisional registration, the Higher Education and Highways Ministry said.
It added that the Health Ministry would also gazette the minimum standards for medical education in Sri Lanka, as submitted by the SLMC, with the approval of the Attorney General’s Department.