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Landmark SC ruling on FR petitions by 16 graduates:

SLMC told to register foreign qualified medics

The Supreme Court yesterday issued an order directing the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register medical graduates with MBBS degrees from recognized foreign universities who have passed the Examination for Registration to Practice Medicine (Act 16 examination), as medical practitioners in Sri Lanka.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Prasanna Jayawardena, L.T.B. Dehideniya and Murdu Fernando further ordered the SLMC to register those medical graduates who had fulfilled the necessary requirements as Medical Practitioners within 30 days from yesterday (23). Delivering the judgment regarding the Fundamental Rights Petitions filed by 16 foreign-qualified medical graduates, the Supreme Court directed the SLMC to comply with this order without failing to register the MBBS graduates who passed Act 16 examination.

The Examination for Registration to Practice Medicine (Act 16) is an examination for foreign - qualified medical graduates to obtain qualification to practice medicine in Sri Lanka.

Sixteen medical graduates who completed their MBBS degrees from foreign universities filed Fundamental Rights petitions alleging that the SLMC had refused to provisionally register them as Medical Practitioners in Sri Lanka. The petitioners complained they had been subjected to unfair treatment.They sought a declaration that their Fundamental Rights guaranteed under the Constitution have been violated by the respondents including the Medical Council.

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva with counsel Sugath Caldera appeared for the petitioners. Senior Counsel Kanishka Vitharana appeared for the SLMC. Senior State Counsel Suren Gnanaraj appeared for the Attorney General.

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