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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

GMOA and University lecturers to fight for patients' rights

Colombo, 19 February, (Asiantribune.com):

A discussion between the Executive Committee of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) and the Unions of the lecturers of all the faculties of universities in Sri Lanka, was held at the Medical Faculty, Colombo.

At this meeting a lengthy discussion about the critical situation arisen in the country regarding the SAITM issue and what actions to be taken accordingly was taken place.

It was unanimously decided that the both parties should take future actions in regard to this issue with a common agreement and would not let a group of people not having a proper training to treat patients as doctors.

The both parties agreed to draw the attention of the government to the following matters;

• The Health Minister to bow the technical decision of the SLMC to complete the duties that is officially assigned to him according to the medical Act.

• The Health Minister to fulfill the official duties to get approval to the Act which confirms the minimum standard for medical education (Medical Act).

• The Higher Education Minister to act to obtain the Compliance Certificate which is included with recommendations of the SLMC (University Act) If it cannot be obtained, according to the University Act, to cancel the gazette notification he had already issued (University Act)

• To take all measures by the constitutional and executive powers in order to safeguard the rights of patients.

Dr Naveen de Soysa, Secretary of the GMOA further stated that both parties would act with a common objective and looks forward to involving other trade unions in this endeavour to find permanent solution to this critical situation and to protect the rights of patients.

- Asian Tribune -

Dr Naveen de Soysa, Secretary of the GMOA
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