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* Sri Lanka state doctors' union holds 'positive talks' with Prime Minister on private universities
Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 09:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka state doctors' union, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) today said the talks held with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on private universities today were positive.

The GMOA represented by the President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya and Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge met with the Prime Minister and Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne yesterday night.

Addressing a media briefing today, Secretary of the GMOA Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the Prime Minister accepted the set of proposals presented by the union and undertook an in-depth study at the meeting.

Dr. Aluthge said the Prime Minister gave instructions to Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne in connection with continuing discussions based on the set of proposals presented by the GMOA and other two organizations.

"We received a very positive response," he said adding that the Premier clearly stated that he did not see anything in the proposals that cannot be implemented.

The set of proposals were presented to the Government by the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), the Deans of all State Medical Faculties of Sri Lanka and the Faculty of Medicine Teachers' Associations (FMTAs).

Dr. Aluthge said all parties came to an agreement on resolving the issue of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) President's appointment with the consent of all parties and completing the work on proposed Minimum Standards of Medical Education as soon as possible by coordinating with the Legal Draftsman's Department and identifying ways to solve the SAITM issue with the directions of the SLMC during pending court cases.


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