Leader of the House and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella has criticized that the GMOA has rejected the government proposals on SAITM without discussing them with relevant parties.
It is indicative of its political agenda to support a party that has been rejected by people and cause turmoil. It is a despicable political project and the government would not succumb to it.
Speaking to the media, he clarified that the proosals made by the government are (1) SAITM students who have already passed the final MBBS examination would be given a further period of clinical training in Surgery, Medicine, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Psychiatry and Paediatrics, one month each in duration, at the Homagama and Avissawella hospitals. (2) Subsequent to this training, candidates would undergo a mandatory examination conducted for granting provisional registration under the joint supervision of the SLMC and the University Grant Commission. (3) Ministry of Health would gazette the minimum standards for medical education in Sri Lanka submitted by the SLMC with the approval of AG. (4) Ministry of Health would initiate the proceedings to bring the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital under the Ministry of Health and continue to run as a teaching hospital.