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Sri Lanka Medical Council used double standards, exceeded powers: Court

Feb 02, 2017 06:15 AM GMT+0530 | 5 Comment(s)


ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka Medical Council, a statutory body that registers doctors in the country, had used double standards and exceeded its powers when denying graduates of a private medical college, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Justices V K Malalgoda and S Thurairaja ordered the Sri Lanka Medical Council to provisionally register a graduate of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SLAITM), a fee-levying college authorised to award degrees.

The court observed that the Sri Lanka Medical Council had no powers to decide whether or not to grant registrations or decide on the suitability of a university, which was power vested with the minister of higher education.

A team from SLMC that investigated the university had come up with a detailed report, outlining shortcomings mainly relating to access to patients and forensic medicine, which could be rectified by partnering with the state health system.

But the investigating team, in their conclusion, had "surprisingly recommended" that graduates of the school are not suitable for provisional registration.

"When considering the observations made by the investigators as referred to above, it is clear that the above observations do not match the final recommendation made by them," the court said.

Another investigation committee, which examined the Kothelawala Defence University, had concluded in a two-page report that "Facilities provided for training were found to be very high standard and the team felt that, once the hospital was completed in 2015, the entire training of military medical graduates could be undertaken in these facilities."

The cCourt observed that the conclusion was arrived at before the construction of a 700-bed teaching hospital was completed.

"When considering the two reports referred to above, it appears that one report has been made after inspecting SAITM and the other after inspecting FOM-KDU, but two different standards have been used when preparing those reports."

Sri Lanka has been struggling to set up fee levying universities to increase access to higher education to the people without further burdening taxpayers, amid stiff resistance from Marxist university students affiliated to Sri Lanka's Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.

A powerful union representing doctors at state hospitals has also resisted the setting up of private medical colleges.

Sri Lanka has been unable to set up fee levying, degree awarding universities that have not been a burden on taxpayers for decades.

However, the last regime broke the state monopoly on degree awarding and expanded students' economic freedom by bringing legislation to allow fee levying universities to be set up in medical and other fields.



  1. Gum February 03, 07:10 AM

    No wonder this country is so behind. These idiot GMOA and the JVP will never allow the county to prosper. Selfish bastards.

  2. Raji February 02, 09:36 AM

    If the Ragama Private Medical College, better known then as PMC in late 1980s was allowed to function, by today it would have become one of the most advanced Private Medical Universities in South Asia. The JVP insurgency on one side and the IPKF/LTTE issues on the other side at that time forced JRJ to give in to the demands of short sighted Selfish doctors

  3. punchinilame February 02, 05:15 AM

    When a layman reads the news and its background, he/she could easily gauge thatJVP and its supporters hands in a Policythat the Govt. has followed in keeping withworld practices and local needs.

  4. tilak February 02, 04:03 AM

    If peoples held referendum, definitely, majority people are liked to study in private medical university,

  5. Nana February 02, 08:31 AM

    This is a joke, students or doctors cant tell not to have Private Universities. That is decided by the public through parliament representatives. When they say no to private education, they effectively against education for Poor Students, since places at state universities are limited.Why dont doctors and students demand to stop private hospitals First?

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