18 September, 2019

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Report Of The Presidential Committee To Resolve Issues Related To SAITM – Full Text

Report of the Presidential Committee to Resolve Issues Related to South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). This confidential Report proposes a solution that has broad acceptance among most stakeholders; in particular, with representatives of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) with whom the Committee met. “The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) was offered and subsequently confirmed two appointments to meet the Committee; on 08 September and on 09 September, but they were unable to attend,” the report said.

The Committee consists the following:

1. Dr Harsha de Silva, MP, Deputy Minister, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs (Chairman)

2. D.C. Dissanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education and Highways

3. Janaka Sugathadasa, Secretary, Ministry of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine

4. Jayantha Jayasuriya, Attorney-General (Represented by Sanjay Rajaratnam, Additional Solicitor General, Attorney-General’s Department)

5. Prof Mohan de Silva, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC)

To read it in English click here

To read it in Sinhala click here

The report is not available in Tamil language.

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    First it was the JVP.
    Then came the LTTE.
    Now it is the GMOA.

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      dear plato

      who ever it was the fact is children are on the road. whilst doctors ride to apital in SAV.

      May God Help Sri Lanka

      levi

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        to levi ,kids are not only on the road, they are beaten, water gunned , baton charged and jailed similarly as the previous governments treated,they don’t have Independent voice,and when heard its not theirs some of political guys,except kids others think that they are enjoying their grabbed holidays ,8 months of their invaluable time of their best of life is justed wasted but government unshaken,can’t say doctors didn’t do any but their stern actions too late to come ,if its still late better relax a little bit of time and start again near the election.for me most of committee recommendations quiet ok but this non governmental medical faculty graduates should sit ACT16 to get their professional acceptance

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      Good committee and well represented.

      What is required is to have minimum standards and then state medical faculties and private medical schools have to comply and then the matter is resolved. Suspend any faculty which cannot comply with minimum standards.

      Students who are fortunate enough to get admitted via the district quota basis and students who get good results may study with the tax layers money. Any other student who still wants to study medicine has to pay for their studies. What is wrong??.

      Let the patients decide whether they want to consult a doctor passed out by the courtesy of the tax payers money or consult a doctor who passed out after paying through private funds.

      Unfortunately the GMOA and students who will become GMOA members in the future will oppose SAITM and other private medical schools since there will be competition and likely that some of the privately qualified doctors would do better than the state sector doctors.

      Also GMOA, SLMC and state medical faculty academics are all monopolies and they will oppose any private medical education at any cost.

      Thank god there are politicians like S B and Rajitha and Kiriella who can stand upto the thugs from GMOA and IUSF and JVP and other trade unions. Honestly I am no fan of them but you need them at this moment.

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    Once again very vague statements like broad base ownership and private-public partnership.

    Harsha de Silva who could not agree to Bond scam incurred financial loss to country in COPE report, making a report on his own and if it does not protect Neville and his cronies would be a wonder.

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      Are you an idiot Ramesh?

      The very first point says it will remove Neville Fernando’s shares.

      The second point says it will be given to a non-profit organisation.

      These two things pretty much remove Neville Fernando from any association with SAITM. How is that protecting Neville?

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        Would you care to explain what exactly is broad based ownership and not-for-profit ownership would mean in Sri Lanka? Think practically who would fund it? What exactly do they mean by public-private-partnership?

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    this chap Padeniya is net to president he has sucked upto MS now. He is a born sucker. He should be kicked out first. He is the dirtiest bugger you can ever come across.

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    Dear levi,
    I was told that this unresolved issue has only helped those who have a job as Doctors,but not those who are aspiring to that position.
    Even the noble profession has been vandalised.

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      Dear Plato

      Thanks I agree 100% with you on that. But it is the already Qualified Doctors who brain washed the students or the Student leaders to Boycott lectures in the first place. They never protested under MR1

      Levi

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    The question here is the quality of teaching at SAITM. The teachers and students at the Lankan universities where medicine is taught are worried as to their reputation being at stake. Please read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Asian_Institute_of_Technology_and_Medicine Not a single reputed overseas university has recognised SAITM

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      Ignoramus, Nobody will recognize SAITM until they complete their internship training and register with their local Medical Council, the SLMC That is protocol followed by the profession as SLMC represents the govt. , and should have honest standard with integrity and be above board, unbiased and with no ulterior motives of destroying student’s future. Then only has their assessment any value.
      Right now SLMC is malicious with court verdict of violating the medical ordinance. So no Council trusts the SLMC bonding with GMOA for fair assessment.
      Private medical school KDU was approved without A/L ‘Z’ minimums, includes all equivalent standards as they surely should, includes fee paying non service outsiders as they should. Being under the local UGC, KDU MBBS is automatically registered by SLMC as they should. But why did the Carlo team resort to double standards and double mindedness for SAITM and not be a double blind success.

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    The most an important issues is that all Medical Facilities are affiliated to National Universities could an open promptly. That should be first conditions of to be approach on SATIM issues.
    Is that crime of nation the Medial students are out of studies in 7000 to 8000 are in Campuses are closed several months .We have to address promptly.
    This must take into account by GMOA, Students movement, Universities Dons, Parents of Students and other interest parties in an Island.
    The SATIM is off shot of the Private and lucrative Business concept by that Nevilla Fernando who was behind that political motivated project to undermined whole system of FREE Education in Sri lanka?
    The Nevilla was hard-core UNP’s since has Dispensary started since late 1960 tees at Panadura?
    They( Nevilla and Company) in political line of orthodox – right -wing, who were that against Free Education of that Poor students who has come-out of their merits which was denied by Nevilla Fernando’s! of late UNP’s!!!
    SATIM was/is trapped by many uneducated politician and some are by certain perks and Bribed by Medical Business without knowing aim and perspectives of future of Sri Lankan?
    We have to work on great Social befits has passes into future generation . Indeed that sustainability Path of development by look after vital interest of majority People of Sri Lankan.
    That is path of Democracy and Social justice of New outlook and vision of future Lanka?
    The struggle against SATIM is right path . But is should guided by broad outlook not confined to one side of blind path ?

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      Nimal

      Cannot understand as to why you oppose students paying from their own funds to pursue a career of their choice?

      Jagath

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        Fully agree with you Jagath.If the private sector could offer a medical degree then it will allow the people who can afford to give a place to the others in the state owned medical faculties.I am another Nimal

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    This report saying that Nevil fernando hospital was taken over to solve this issue is ridiculous. It was a move to save NF going into financial crisis. Harcha de Silvas Phd needs to be questioned if he was that blind.

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    How about making the Admission requirements to study Medicine exactly the same for the Haves and Have nots …………………..I don’t think Dr Harsha PhD understand…….

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    What ever you proposed , inter university student union would not accept your solution.They want to get SAITM abolished. Even you abolished SAITM , they never allow students to go to lectures. They will proceed the same combat asking some thing else. Next time, they will ask to close all private schools or international schools.
    Before proposing a solution you have to understand the real politics behind this strikes.
    1. Front line socialists ( ” peratugami “) The break away fraction of JVP. They had been the armed wing of former JVP. They use this activity as their main political propaganda.
    2. JVP itself has now been involved in this struggle. Their whole episode is a blatant attempt to gain publicity.
    3.GMOA. These people are backed by Joint Opposition who want to disturb peace and harmony of the society. GMOA did not oppose when SAITM was opened by former president.If they are real honest, they should have told to previous government, not to open private medical colleges. But they allowed to establish private medical faculty at Kothalawala defense academy and SAITM. And also GMOA is currently abetting student unions to continue this drama so as to harass Rajitha and his daughter-in-law. If she has not been at SAITM, GMOA would not be fighting so much against SAITM.
    99% of university students want to go to lectures but they have no guts to refuse to comply the orders given by their leaders. If a proper protection for students is provided most of the students definitely attend lectures as they want to complete their degree programs as soon as possible.

    If SAITM students have not been given enough clinical experience, as SLMC says, then ask SAITM to arrange a foreign university or any organisation to provide expected clinical experience, for their students. Also these students should be categorized as overseas graduates and ask them to sit for Act 16 exam. Except who are graduated from the government universities, all other medical graduates (local or overseas) should be asked to face the same Act 16 exam.

    Any student has rights to study what he or she needs. Therefore no need of closing down SAITM. If those students have no proper qualifications or clinical experience to work as doctors in Sri Lanka, government should refrain from giving them a registration until they fulfill all the necessary requirements.However if they think that they have enough qualifications, then they can find a position in any other country or complete Act 16 to become a doctor in Sri Lanka.

    Also there is another option. The government can issue them a provisional registration certificate enabling them to work under a supervisor to gain the required clinical experience. This should be valid only for a limited time period and before expiring they have to complete Act 16 requirements.

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      To Malini, I too agree with you,when the dean was sent letters to each student individually, informing that if they turn up, the faculty will conduct the clinical lessons,around fifteen independent minded students turned up but GMOA directly and indirectly forced them to withdraw.they too stop coming,if GMOA is not prepare to show its strength by STERN action what ever the consequences would be ,better postpone this boycott till election time ,the time which government is not ready to antagonized people

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        I think the deans of all medical faculties need to send letters reminding earliest possible date that students should return for lectures including security will be provided. If JVP is democratic as much as shouting then they never be able to support the government in 20+, by doing so they lost their a lot of solid votes I don’t see much important of JVP after, they voted with the government ,if its a deal as they said ,they should include”Abolish SAITM’ issue which is their main demand in to list od demands
        but any way now I feel to disgust JVP too as a another opportunist party

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    With this, will the issue subside? It is interesting to note that the GMOA did not participate properly as a stake holder thus reserving their right to continue with the agitation. Unless it is akin to the solution of the NCMC issue I do not forsee the end.

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      Good Sense, NCMC was on govt. property with govt. hospital. SAITM is private and “FOR PROFIT” and got so far. Think it can be worked on PPP market forces and shares. Then corruption will set in. Not like SAARC Medical College coming up with all nations feeding into it. It needs different laws and may have foreign examiners for MBBS in about 8-10 years time. SAITM, KDU, NCMC are under local UGC like State free and no ERPM. SAITM MBBS must have its constitutional rights of internship training as per verdict of court and will have to work with GMOA in hospitals. 2 different situations, SAITM is now and SAARC in 10 years. NCMC not.

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    Dear parents
    please take care of your loving kids, you brought up them with hard earned money and with much hopes.
    please dont let your children to get trapped on the JVP and Peratugami monsters ,they are looking for young blood like wise in 1971 and 1988 now they are laying the 3rd trap, be careful from those vampires.

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    Neville Fernando and S B Dissanayake started this “medical faculty”.
    Neville Fernando became a millionaire.
    SBD thought that he could help a few students known to him to become doctors via a shorter route than the normal.

    Both sacrificed the future of the “millionaire” students & the students in all medical faculties.

    Much earlier, Minister Fowzie negotiated full scholarships for 30 Muslim students only, secretly, from Cuba.

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    GMOA asking for solutions but wont attend commission to discuss because no agenda except destruction and killing patients dictatorially is terrorism
    SLMC proposals of deans are student proposals to get students back in their med. schools under control by closure of SAITM. Again not constructive and they too wont meet commission because no creativity in their warped intellects.
    False accusations that GMC does not recognize. It said it will review. Surely SLMC will not allow foreign MBBS not ok in their own countries, to sit ERPM here. Similarly no other country will allow including GMC to sit PLAB because of the gimmicks of SLMC in spite of a court order. How can they expect law and order in med schools when the deans in SLMC are violating the law. Must jail them for contempt of court, unless they allow internship training to SAITM under constitutional rights, as SLMC got verdict of violation of the medical ordinance. Marx did it
    Then only can GMOA suggest inclusion of higher % of “Z” into SAITM on schlarships and broad basing under existing UNI structure (Open Uni) allowing % fee paying which now exists in all state med schools. Constructive thought is important. Destroying private ownership never worked.

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    GOVT. PPP and GMOA insecurity are getting laws and standards passed for SAARC Medical College trying to produce doctors in 10 years time. They will be insignificant for our healthcare, as they will go back to their countries, SL having collected a pittance for their great effort compared to our national assets. What folly of open economy when neglecting local medical contribution. We need local doctors as a priority, to remain in health.
    SAITM MBBS are a now an urgent reality, and minimum standards don’t apply in retrospect anyway. Only if A/L failures were admitted, they will have to leave. There are NONE as the records are in UGC. This is not a secret, but out in open courts verdict, directing SLMC to give internship training which is a their constitutional right, whatever other opinions are expressed. Govt. has no other law or option, as any amendments will take too long. SAITM MBBS ready as November interns, and it is criminal to delay them.

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    Carlo’s double standards are over after he killed the SLMC. If any body cares to go to Malabe NFTH hospital, it is overflowing with patients as it is now free. The poor who cant afford to pay did not go there. Now it is so different, no wonder GMOA shouts not to fund it. Their “standards” battle is lost. The students exposed to a mixed variety of diseases means excellence beyond expectations. Any SLMC heart beats left, would you care to inspect it after your neglect of it for more than 2 years. Hallucinating SLMC is in for a nasty shock bigger than the court verdict. Even the doctors waiting to intern are getting more training while being hindered by GMOA. What a change.
    We request govt. body called SLMC to align with decisions of law and order of this nation, complete internship training starting in November without further delay so they can serve in SL.

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