No SLMC registration for unqualified foreign doctors
Registration will not be given through the Sri Lanka Medical Council
(SLMC) to any foreign doctor who does not have the required
qualifications and experience to serve in Sri Lankan private hospitals.
Several child patients with various medical complications developed
after undergoing 'surgeries’ in private hospitals, turn to state
hospitals for treatment, a Health Ministry spokesman said.
According to the spokesman, many child patients who underwent cleft
lip surgery in private hospitals end up in state hospitals with various
medical complications. After carefully checking the required
qualifications and experiences, the SLMC give registration for the
foreign doctors. When the SLMC gives them registration as Medical
Doctors, they operate as specialist doctors in private hospitals and
sometimes perform ‘surgeries’ on patients.
“Patients face various difficulties and dangers due to ‘treatment’
and 'surgeries’ perform by such unqualified and inexperienced foreign
‘doctors’. Surgeries such as cleft lip cannot be corrected if performed
in the wrong way. Some foreign doctors perform such surgeries to test
their capability, to carry out experiments and gather experience,” he
“The qualified Sri Lankan specialist doctors serve in private
hospitals only before 8 am and after 4.30 pm. During day, foreign
doctors and some local private sector doctors serve in private hospitals
and perform all medical procedures. The Health Ministry will not allow
any unqualified and inexperienced doctors to serve in any Sri Lankan
private hospital here after,” he added.