Nimal prescribes fixed term training visa to UK

  • 24 May 2006 22:33:41 GMT

    One such trainee doctor here in Australia, labeled me a mentally ill person - because he did not feel the independence of his profession. He felt dependant on the system and hence carried out the instructions of his supervisors. That was how he brought the Sri Lankan problems into Australia.

    It is reported that the Minsiter said [that more than 1,000 doctors are trained in the country`s medical colleges every year and colossal sums of money are invested on their education, which is free, unlike in many developed and under developed countries, where medical education is not free]

    The education is not FREE. The students pay through their WORK to bring higher status to Sri Lanka as an educated country. Once the Minister starts `calculating` he has the responsibility to pay back the cost of his own education to the People of Sri Lanka. Cash is not paid because the students work for the WHOLE country and not just for themselves. It`s a pity that even a government MINISTER does not know this. This means that the Health System led by the Minister is no longer a `Service` but is rather a paid dispensary.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam from Australia

  • 24 May 2006 22:50:58 GMT

    Mrs Gaja Laxmi,

    [The education is not FREE. The students pay through their WORK to bring higher status to Sri Lanka as an educated country.]

    You are talking in between lines here. Nobody tries to demean what the doctors bring to the country. But in a world that Free Education is scarce Sri Lanka is doing its utmost to prevail that status should be well praised for rather criticising. The Sri Lankan doctors thus have the privilege of private practise and can make an extra source of income.

    The tax payers money should be utilised to the country which belongs rather than anywhere else. If the Sri Lanka tax payers pay tax to bring out educated doctors they have the privilege to get the service from them too. Don`t comment Sri Lanka as if one of the most developed countries in the world who can afford such huge tax payers money to go astray. It is in fact ill affordable. The administration in Australia is different to that of Sri Lanka. Certainly what minister states is correct. The bonds should be signed and those who break them must be made liable to pay the fines.

    Patrick De Silva

  • 24 May 2006 23:03:43 GMT

    Thank you Patrick for your response.

    You say [The administration in Australia is different to that of Sri Lanka.]

    If that is the case and you genuinely believe so - should you not be arguing AGAINST foreign training for Sri Lankan doctors?

    You say [Don`t comment Sri Lanka as if one of the most developed countries in the world who can afford such huge tax payers money to go astray. It is in fact ill affordable.]

    If you recognize that Sri Lanka is not in the list of most developed countries - then you have the responsibility to limit your activities to what you can afford. This would include cutting down on the number of medical seats in University Education. That is a RESOURCE MANAGEMENT MEASURE. I USED THIS IN MY WORK FOR SRI LANKAN PUBLIC.

    Sending graduates overseas for training is to expand the activities of that profession to International level. This makes the people of Sri Lanka feel that they are a part of the International Community. It`s like expanding your business / sales - and hence requires additional work. The Minister is not ready for this additional work - for him to learn International Resource Management. You condone this limitation policy.

    This is fine - but then don`t restrict the intellectuals. Limit the government`s claims to what it can afford.

    love

    gaja

  • 24 May 2006 23:05:20 GMT

    [The education is not FREE. The students pay through their WORK to bring higher status to Sri Lanka as an educated country. Once the Minister starts `calculating` he has the responsibility to pay back the cost of his own education to the People of Sri Lanka. Cash is not paid because the students work for the WHOLE country and not just for themselves.]

    An astutue point - but only as long as the Doctor stays and works in Sri Lanka. If the newly qualified Doctor - who has been trined for free - decides after qualification to leave the country and come, for example, here to New Zealand, they will receive a salary of 66 lahks - nearly 4 times the country`s average wage - which AS A STARTING SALARY is more than enough for them to live in comparative luxury. AFter 4 or 5 years they can be earning in the 600 lahk range with the prestige and quality of life that implies, And what has Sri Lanka received for its provision of education? A year or two of house-doctor work in a hospital, which was actually a vital part of their training.

    Our daughter has just graduated as a Dr. here in NZ, and her education has cost us over 100 lahks - we don`t begrudge it, and she can work anywhere in the world as her education belongs to HER - but in Sri Lanka that education should belong to the people and at least 10 years of public practice would not be an unreasonable expected return on that investment.

  • 24 May 2006 23:40:44 GMT

    NZSudha,

    Thank you for your response. Your thinking is limited to Sri Lanka. This means you feel YOU owe Sri Lanka for being able to educate your daughter. Pay that back and you will appreciate that the people of Sri Lanka also gain from the work of Sri Lankans overseas - through funds remitted back, through status and goodwill as Sri Lankans and most of all through the inspiration and motivation given to the people of Sri Lanka that they are a part of the wider world outside the physical boundaries of Sri Lanka.

    In fact the Minister`s approach is very much like that of the Tigers`

    love

    gaja

  • 25 May 2006 02:45:27 GMT

    Saminisor,

    There are thosands of Tamils facing that plight even today in Sri Lanka. They rely more on home medication and advice of religious leaders. When such advice is given with genuine feelings - that is far more powerful than any science based medication. The mind is more powerful than the body.

    love

    gaja

  • 25 May 2006 03:20:18 GMT

    Why are these doctors leaving ? we have a war and there are enough of people in need of treatment. Nimal should say be patriotic!!.

  • 25 May 2006 04:11:35 GMT

    I can name TWO of such Doctors.

    1. HerrDoktor Anton Balasingho

    2. Dr. Brian `Welcome` Seneviratne.

    Cheers and have fun.

    PERA

  • 25 May 2006 05:51:16 GMT

    First let us be Sri Lankans. not to blame the Governments always. All the communities,Sinhala, Muslims and Tamils are given free education. They are taking the maximum out of it. end of the day they don`t want to serve for their own country. leaving all these facts behind, most of the people talking constitution when they are effected pesonally, not for the country. Sinhalese are worst in this. They say, `Sri Lanka is our country` and blah blah. but they are the betraying the country in the first place.

  • 25 May 2006 06:09:06 GMT

    LET THE EDUCATED GO OUT AND EARN SOME MONEY !

    Brain drain damn ! Now it seems that to born with a good brain in SL is also a curse. Government wants to stop brain drain by simply canceling visa, not addressing why these people are leaving.

    It is true that government is spending about RS. 3,00000 to train a doctor (Rs. 60,000 X 5 years), but government forgets that those migrated doctors send more than that per month to Sri Lanka. out politicians have so much wide mouths to open, but forget that they always looking at wrong end of the stick. If there is a brain drain, then try to find the reason why they are leaving the country. Instead these pundits try to stop them by canceling their visa.

    On the other side all rich people send their sons and daughter foreign universities and spend more than Rs. 3,00000 per month. But government keeps mum about that. Why can not they stop this drain of local economy? So many public officers leave the country for good with corrupted money. why government can not stop them?