Some doctors serving security forces are half-baked, says JVP


Dr. Jayatissa

By Saman Indrajith

Some medical officers attached to the security forces were not registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa told Parliament yesterday.

Dr. Jayatissa said that there were medical officers serving in the security forces without having completed internship.

Dr. Jayatissa urged the government and the Defence Minister to inquire into that matter and adopt remedial measures.

The JVPer made those observations raising a supplementary question in Parliament.

Dr. Jayatissa, posing a query to the Prime Minister and Minister of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs, asked for information about the number of medical officers serving in the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. Minister Gayantha Karunatilake on behalf of the government said that there were 224 medical officers attached to the Army, 56 attached to Navy and 43 to the Air Force. He also said that "according to available documents, all the medical officers seem to have obtained the SLMC registration."

Dr. Jayatissa said that defence forces had recruited foreign medical degree holders who were not registered with the Medical Council and had not completed internship.

"When I inquired about this from the defence forces their side of the story is that, the government medical degree holders do not apply for positions in security forces. Thus it is important that we find a solution to this matter. It is not proper for medical officers who have not obtained registration from Medical Council to work in our defence forces. The solution to the problem of lack of candidates for these positions is not recruiting persons with foreign degrees. I hope the government and the Defence Minister will address this issue."


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