Colombo: Sri Lankan doctors on Tuesday voiced
opposition to the authorities` move to allow over 100 medical
practitioners from India to serve in this country`s private
hospitals despite "lack" of necessary qualifications and vowed
to take trade union action.
"We are disturbed by the decision by the Sri Lanka
Medical Council and the Director General Health Services to
allow over 100 Indian doctors to serve here who are lacking
the necessary qualifications," said Upul Gunasekera, a senior
official of the doctors` trade union, the Government Medical
Officers` Association (GMOA).
Gunasekera said the GMOA`s executive committee will meet
on Thursday to decide on a suitable course of trade union
action in protest.
"Two Indian heart surgeons have been allowed to work here
since last week. We represented matters to the medical council
over their unsuitability to work. They were ignored and they
have been registered to work despite our protests," he said.
Gunasekera claimed that some of the Indian doctors who
serve here had not even registered with India`s national
Sri Lankan heart surgeons are not allowed to handle
surgeries unless they have undergone eight years of training.
But, the Indian doctors are being allowed to handle heart
surgeries with just 11 months of training, he charged.