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Parents’ Union to protest, fast against ‘sub-standard’ doctors

The Medical Students’ Parents’ Union will stage a peaceful protest opposite the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) tomorrow (7) and then launch a fast demanding that Parliament bring required laws to ensure that minimum standards are maintained in medical education.

Medical Students’ Parents’ Union media spokesman Wasantha Alwis speaking at a press conference at the OPA in Colombo yesterday said these measures were being taken to ensure that persons who failed the required examinations and do not have the required training cannot become doctors.

“There are ‘consultants’ at Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo who do not know how to prescribe medication and ask nurses for help. There are around 500 such ‘doctors’ in the country at present. Sri Lanka does not need more such ‘doctors’,” he said.

“How can people place their lives or those of their loved ones in the hands of such ‘doctors’? Alwis asked.

When persons who failed G.C.E. Advanced Level Examinations and those who passed it in Arts stream become doctors, the lives of patients are at risk and the doctors who have all required qualifications and training lose international recognition as well as the trust of patients. If unqualified persons become doctors, a large number of patients will die due to wrong diagnosis, wrong treatment and shortcomings during medical procedures, he said.

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