GMOA says talks with PM positive

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DM_20170714_A001-4‘No immediate need to strike’

South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine was one of the issues discussed

They had discussed five proposals with the Premier

By Kalathma Jayawardhane   
The GMOA yesterday said the meeting it had with Prime Minister Ranil Wikcremesinghe on Wednesday with regard to the SAITM issue was positive and therefore there was no immediate necessity to resort to a trade union action.  

During this meeting, the Prime Minister studied the five proposals and said he did not see anything wrong with these proposals

 

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told the Daily Mirror that they had discussed with the Premier the five proposals put forward by them against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) including the proposal to nationalize it.

He said the meeting held at Temple Trees was attended by GMOA representatives, the Prime Minister and Health Minister 
Rajitha Senaratne.  
“During this meeting, the Prime Minister studied the five proposals and said he did not see anything wrong with these proposals,” he said.  
“When the Prime Minister inquired from Minister Senaratne about the issues he had on these proposals, Minister Senaratne had asked whether the proposal to suspend student enrolments at SAITM was temporarily or permanently,” he added.

He said the GMOA was in need to suspend SAITM’s student enrolment permanently and added that however they had requested the Prime Minister to at least implement a legal framework to suspend it temporarily.

The meeting held at Temple Trees was attended by GMOA representatives, the Prime Minister and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.  

 
He said the Prime Minister had thereafter instructed Minister Senaratne to implement a legal framework on the suspension of student enrolments at the SAITM and added that the response given by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne during this meeting was appreciable. He said they had also discussed the problems in relation to the appointing of a Chairman to the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and court cases pending on SAITM issue.

“More discussions will be held with the government following the meeting held on Wednesday, Therefore, there is no immediate necessity to resort to a trade union action during this period,” 
he said.