The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday called for a presidential intervention to revealing the government’s position on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to the Supreme Court.
GMOA Secretary Dr Naveen D. Zoysa said the union would write to the President regarding the matter seeking his intervention as regards an issue which could have been resolved much earlier.
He said the Ministers of Health and Higher Education should submit the proposals on SAITM before the Supreme Court at least now. The technical aspects of those proposals by way of a solution to the SAITM issue on April 7 should be taken up by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).
Dr Zoysa said the Minister of Higher Education had issued a set of proposals on resolving the SAITM issue early last month.
Accordingly, it showed that the government, too, was of the opinion that the clinical training received by SAITM undergraduates was inadequate; the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital lacked the required standard to train students; the MBBS certification awarded by SAITM could not be accepted as it was and the SLMC played an important role in medical education.