GMOA to meet other TUs for further anti-SAITM action

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) will meet with all other trade unions on Wednesday (9) to discuss further action to be taken against abolishing the South Asian Institute of Technology & Medicine (SAITM).

GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr Navin De Soysa told the Sunday Times that, if the President and the Prime Minister do not show an interest in solving the issue, then we will have to discuss further trade union action.

“Discussions will be held with all other trade unions and political parties which participated in the National Protest Day,” he said.

When queried about the refusal to gazette the minimum standards of Medical Education by the Attorney Generals (AG) Dept, Dr De Soysa said the AG’s Dept has stated that the Sri Lanka Medical Association cannot intervene in such matters, according to the prevailing Medical Ordinance.

“If there is an obstacle blocking the gazette, then, as a means of safeguarding Medical education, they should amend the Medical Ordinance and approve the gazette,” he said.

However, the Prime Minister has appointed MP Tilak Marapana and his Secretary Saman Ekanayaka to oversee matters in this regard.

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