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* State doctors of Sri Lanka against Health Ministry's move to endorse private Russian medical degree
Wed, Feb 26, 2014, 07:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 26, Colombo: The powerful trade union of state doctors of Sri Lanka, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has criticized the Health Ministry move to endorse the medical degree awarded by St. Petersburg University in Russia.

The GMOA has stated that the Ministry's decision could compromise the standards of the medical sector in the country.

The Association has noted that while a recent Court case had decided to commence a training course for Assistant Medical Practitioners (AMP), it had not regulated the course in terms of scrutinizing the enrolment qualifications, maintaining the standards of training or standards of examination as required under Section 29 of the Medical Ordinance.

Spokesperson for GMOA, Dr. Naveen de Soyza said that the minimum requirements of Section 29 are fulfilled, if the programme was to be recognized.

The GMOA has called on the Health Ministry to re-evaluate its decision and make the right move in order to maintain the standards of the country's medical sector.

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