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Report of the Presidential Committeeto SAITM handed over to President

The Presidential Committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to resolve the issue of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) handed over its report to the President on the 11th September, 2017, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said. The ‘Presidential Committee to Resolve Issues Related to SAITM’ was …

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Doctors strike in five districts today

The Secretary of the Government Medical Officers’ Association, Dr Haritha Aluthge warned that doctors would stage a token strike in five districts including Colombo and Gampaha simultaneously during the final lap of the vehicle parade organised by the People’s Movement Against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (PMASAITM) …

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SC to take up Medical Council’s SAITM appeal on Thursday

The Supreme Court yesterday re-fixed for support on September 14 and 15 the appeal filed by the Sri Lanka Medical Council, against the Court of Appeal judgement dated 31 January 2017, which made a mandatory order on the Sri Lanka Medical Council, to register the medical graduates of the South …

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Make medicine available to all-WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday called on countries across the South-East Asia Region to take bold action to ensure people everywhere have access to safe, efficacious, quality and affordable medical products, laying particular emphasis on the need to leverage collective strengths via greater inter-country cooperation. “Overcoming barriers and ensuring …

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PHIs to stage token strike

Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) have decided to launch an island wide token strike today. President of the Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors’ (PHI) Association Upul Rohana stated that they are resorting to trade union action in protest of the arbitrary transfers imposed by the Health Secretary on five PHIs attached …

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Abortion is not human right – Cardinal

Abortion cannot be considered as a human right as claimed by some, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said over the weekend. “Some claim that abortion is a human right. Right to kill is not human right. Human rights are there to save lives not to end them,” cardinal said …

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Government docs to strike

Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) threatened to take stern trade union action if President Maithripala Sirisena fails to provide a final solution to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue on Monday as promised. Addressing media, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the union held discussions with …

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New abortion laws in gestation

Dr. Kapila Jayaratne the President of the Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka (PSSL) said yesterday at a media briefing that updated laws on abortion which they preferred to as “Termination of Pregnancy” had been drafted as a proposal by a group of legal experts and specialist doctors and forwarded to …

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