The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Secretary Dr Naveen D. Zoysa has stated that his association is not agreeable to the government proposals by way of a solution to the SAITM (South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine) issue.
He stated that his union would not accept the government proposal to take over the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) while SAITM continued to function as a private institute. We cannot allow the use of a hospital functioning with public funds to be used by a private organization.
Dr. Zoysa said the only point on which the GMOA agreed with the Ministry of Higher Education (MHE) was the proposal to issue a gazette notification on the minimal standards required for medical education. He warned there would be more unfortunate incidents in the country if the government tried to act arbitrarily.