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Docs threaten TU action over move to sideline SLMC

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday warned it would resort to trade union action if the government tried to sideline the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and legalise Minimum Standards for Medical Education (MSME).


GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge, addressing the media at the union’s office in Colombo, warned of a plot to sidetrack the SLMC, which had been established under the Medical Ordinance to ensure that standards of medical education were maintained by all state run medical faculties.

Dr Aluthge said Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Development, Dr Harsha De Silva had held a meeting to discuss the draft bill on the “Minimum Standards on Medical Education and Training and the Independent Quality Assurance and Accreditation Authority,” last Friday (22) without the SLMC’s participation.

He said a letter had been sent by the Acting Secretary to the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Development (MNPED), Shantha Bandara to Vice President of the SLMC Prof. N. de Silva, Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam, and the Secretaries to the Ministries of Higher Education, Health, and NPED.

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