The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said in a media release issued by its Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge, that the GMOA yesterday had a positive discussion with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.
"The GMOA had discussions with the Prime Minister on SAITM. The Prime Minister had......also invited the Minister of Health to participate in the discussions and the issue was discussed in-depth," he said.
The GMOA has told the Prime Minister that future discussions should be based on the five proposals submitted by the Deans of Medical Faculties, the Medical Faculty Teachers' Union and the GMOA.
"The matter was discussed and there was an understanding that future discussions must be based on that premise. The Prime Minister made some comments and the Minister of Health also responded positively," he said.
During the meeting it was agreed that the controversy regarding the appointment of the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) would be solved in a manner that is acceptable to all; that the Draft Bill stipulating minimum requirements for medical education be expedited after discussions with the Legal Draughtsman and that acceptable solution be arrived at in future Court cases, with guidance from the SLMC.
"The GMOA thinks that the discussion took a positive direction and we believe that mechanisms to make these understandings a reality must be created soon. We will not hesitate to carry out our plans to ensure that SAITM will be nationalized," Aluthge added.(Ceylon Today)
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