Attacks on SLMC members:
'Enough is Enough' says Vidyajothi Prof. Lalitha Mendis
"I have no doubt that the whole medical fraternity of Sri Lanka would
join me in condemning the grenade attack on Dr Lalantha Ranasinghe's
residence on August 16, 2012, a member of the Sri Lanka Medical Council
(SLMC). This cowardly act is one of many that SLMC members have been
'Dr. Ranasinghe served on the Medical Council during the whole of my
tenure of office as president, SLMC. He is forthright, does not mince
his words and speaks on matters of principle. He has done so on many
issues facing the medical council at present.
'The foremost duty of the medical council is to promote and maintain
the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the
training of doctors and other healthcare workers (HCW); ensuring proper
standards in the practice of medicine; registering doctors, dentists and
other HCW and regulating the practice of those registered.
'In the course of performing its duties, decisions have to be made
and opinions expressed, which may be unpalatable to some individuals and
'Here lies the problem that in performing their duties by the public,
some members of the Medical Council have had to face acts of
'In 2002, the residence of a former President of the Medical Council
was bombed, shots fired at the residence of the then Registrar and an
attempt made to set fire to the Medical Council office. 'In 2011, the
Registrar of the Medical Council was assaulted at the gates of his
residence. I myself as President of the Medical Council was verbally
abused on various occasions, including over the radio.
'Therefore, the grenade attack on Dr. Ranasinghe's residence is just
another in a series of intimidatory acts by vested interests who resent
having to conform to standards and who have reckless disregard for the
safety of the public.
'Does the public of this country want its health and safety protected
by the Medical Council? If so, I hope they would with one voice rise and
say 'Enough is Enough' Vidyajothi Professor Lalitha Mendis immediate
past President of the Sri Lanka Medical Council said.