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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

On the health service and medical education- Position Statement SLMA

Colombo, 23 February, (

The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) releasing a press statement, on the current crisis in the health service and medical education scenario of Sri Lanka states that the SLMA is deeply concerned about the implications on the current health sector and the general public of Sri Lanka.

"We consider this to be a defining moment in the history of medical practice in our country which may lead to grave consequences." states, Professor Chandika Wijeyratne, President of the SLMA.

The mandate so far been accepted to be by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) in maintaining the standards of the profession and medical education is now being questioned. This has been brought to light by the recent Court of Appeal verdict.

The SLMA is particularly concerned that the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has limited powers to regulate medical education. Therefore there is an urgent need to enact the required legislation to make the Sri Lanka Medical Council, an independent authority with adequate powers to protect the public from unqualified or substandard medical practitioners. As an initial effort towards this, we urge the authorities to work towards immediate enactment of the required gazette notification for the implementation of the Minimal Standards of Medical Education in our country.

The SLMA also wishes to state that this organization, as the apex medical body that represents all grades of doctors in the country, is not against properly constituted and regulated Private Medical Education which needs further discussion. It is our considered opinion that Private Medical Education in Sri Lanka and the SAITM issue at hand, though related, are two separate issues, stated Dr. Chandrika Wijeyratne, President, On behalf of the Council, SLMA.

- Asian Tribue -

Chandrika Wijeyratne, President, SLMA.
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