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Govt Docs to strike if MBBS rules changed

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) will announce the date of their threatened island wide strike against the conduct of the Health Minister tomorrow (15), GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said.

He told a news media briefing yesterday that the strike is against the failure to enforce the Minimum Standards of Medical Education and amending of the Service Minute for doctors. The time duration of the strike will be announced after the GMOA Executive Committee meeting on Thursday.

Dr. Aluthge said the Health Minister should table the Minimum Standard of Medical Education in Parliament next week and stop the process of amending the ‘Doctors’ Service Minute’ with immediate effect to halt the proposed strike.

“The main objective of amending the existing Service Minute of Doctors is enabling unqualified individuals to enter the public service as MBBS doctors. At the moment it cannot be done because of the rules and regulations of the Doctors’ Service Minute,” he said.

“The Health Minister has not brought in the Minimum Standards of Medical Education because it includes and very clearly states that the minimum G.C.E.Advanced Level Examination result of a student eligible to enter into any medical faculty, physical facilities that should be in any medical faculty, the human resources that should be in any medical faculty and especially the required standard of any Teaching Hospital attached to any medical faculty. A Teaching Hospital is a must for any medical faculty,” he added.

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