Feb 03, 2017

Country needs private medical colleges – health minister Featured

The government believes the country needs private medical colleges, says cabinet spokesman, health minister Rajitha Senaratne.

Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, he made the comment with regard to the court ruling that the SLMC should give provisional registrations for medical graduates of SAITM at Malabe.

It is said that free education should be safeguarded. The main objective of free education is the freedom to education. Institutions like SAITM give that freedom, he said.

Senaratne said that two requirements raised by the SLMC at SAITM have already been met, while the third, a mechanism for clinical training, could be in place.

Responding to allegations by the GMOA that SAITM graduates do not have to sit for an exam like the one being held for those who get their medical degrees overseas, he noted the requirement applied only for foreign-educated graduates only.

If needed, SAITM graduates are prepared to sit for such an exam, he said.

Asked if what action the government would take in the event the GMOA resorts to strike action against the court ruling, the minister pointed out that contempt of court was an offense that carried a two year prison term.