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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

The position of the GMOA on the Police assault on university students

Colombo, 17 March, (

Dr Naveen de Zoysa, the Secretary of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) states that so far the President Maithripala Sirisena has had discussions with the GMOA, heads of Medical Faculties, medical students and several other relevant stakeholders regarding the issue of SAITM.

The President who realized the problems that could encounter when implementing the court decision of the Appeal Court, while maintaining the minimum quality of medical education and medical services in the country, appointed a committee to discuss in order to ensure the minimum standards of medical education and to protect the rights of patients to obtain treatment from properly qualified doctors.

So far the relevant ministers have not been able to implement the matters that were agreed upon at the final discussion. In such circumstance it is natural that the student unrest to develop and express their grievance in public.

At the student protest held yesterday, the Police have assaulted them in inhuman manner. The ministers who are acting against the measures that the President is taking to solve these problems, should be responsible for the unpleasant incident that happened yesterday.

The GMOA condemns the unpleasant incident that happened yesterday and for assaulting the students. The government should take the responsibility of not taking measures to prevent such incidents. The Executive Committee of the GMOA would be meeting next Thursday, to discuss further action to be taken in this regard.

- Asian Tribune -

Dr Naveen de Zoysa, the Secretary  of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA)
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