Posted on 08.07.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Duminda Nagamuwa of the Workers’ Struggle Center says court decisions are being based on to validate the SAITM which has been closed down publicly.
He was speaking at a recalled press conference of mass organizations and artists regarding the SAITM issue. The idea is summarized below.
“82 students who were in their final year at SAITM have been given a decision by the courts. The judiciary has told the ‘Sri Lanka Medical Council’ (SLMC) to accept them as doctors. The medical council has repeatedly refused to do so. The question is who the judiciary is talking about.
We inquire as to which institution has been related to this orders. SAITM has been already abolished and a gazette notification has been issued by Parliament. There have also been newspaper articles publishing SAITM owner Neville Fernando’s statements saying that SAITM has been abolished and that there is no such company anymore. Is it just that? The Medical Council of UK says that a medical degree of this nature cannot be accepted. We are asking, can the judiciary decide such matters which are affecting the ordinary people of this country.
When these kind of decisions are given, the people start protesting against it.
During the course of protests, the protesters are being remanded saying that they are violating the people’s peace.
Who is behind the public peace breach? It is created by the executive, or by the parliament, or by the judiciary.
A decision on the Act 16 for exams was given a week ago. A qualifying test is being conducted under Act 16 of this program for a person who has studied abroad to obtained a medical degree. Since this exam is also in discussion, I should say that it is possible to do this exam at your convenience. Which means you can pass exam in multiple attempts. Putting it aside, this verdict given to 16 foreign-qualified medical graduates, but affects one hundred and twenty others. The 16 who filed the fundamental rights petition have not passed the O / L examination.
When the ‘Sri Lanka Medical Council’ refuses to allow those who fail the O / L examination to be registered as doctors, the judiciary asks them to do so. We ask, how did this judiciary power come to say something like this? Clearly we criticize and condemn this judgment. We question how the judiciary had the power to make this decision.
If the Sri Lanka Medical Council recommends accepting a degree from an institution which has never been accepted, it can be done by anyone. Anyone can start an institution called a medical school. Give a certificate and name it as a doctor. We ask if this system is correct. To become a driver, someone who failed a driving test has to go to ‘Hulftsdorp’. A person who has not been included in the Lankan cricket team can go to court in the ‘Hulftsdorp’. A case can be filed for not putting me in the cricket team because this cricket institution is corrupt. Are we asking for this verdict? We are seriously questioning this matter.
As Marxists we have an opinion on the law and the judiciary of this country. Usually, the first robbery is abandoned and the second one is caught. The first is the establishment of a bachelor’s degree institution. The second is justification.
According to the announcement, if there is an independent body called the Sri Lanka Medical Council, that institution will be become valueless. There is no need of a medical council in this country in this situation.
We ask doctors, government medical officers association and other institutions in the country to protest against this matter and you have a responsibility to protect its functioning as a quality body of the medical profession. ”