GMOA accuses Rajitha of not gazetting minimum standards

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By Ajith Siriwardana  
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA)  yesterday accused Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne of failing to gazette the minimum standards for medical education  to prevent  the substandard level of education provided by SAITM from being revealed.  

DM_20170214_A001-2GMOA Assistant Secretary Haritha Aluthge said the  minimum standard for medical education should be gazetted so as to  maintain a proper standard for the health sector.   He said they requested the President to take steps to  suspend the admission of new students to SAITM and that they were  monitoring the action being taken.   GMOA Secretary Navin De Zoysa said the health minister had failed to carry out his duties as the responsible  authority and while an MP back then had disrupted moves made by former health ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and Maithripala  Sirisena to get the minimum standards approved in parliament.  

“The Hansard mentions the attempts taken by the health minister  to prevent the minimum standards being approved in  parliament,” he said.   Dr. De Zoysa said GMOA had written to the health minister regarding  several issues including the gazetting of minimum standards and added  that they would resort to trade union action if there was no positive  response to their demands.   When asked whether they were against the private medical  institutions, he said it was up to the government to decide and  added that it should be done in consultation with a panel of experts  and based on the minimum standards.