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The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) is a statutory body which was established in 1998 replacing the former Ceylon Medical Council which was formed in 1924. It is tasked with the regulation of the medical profession in Sri Lanka. It is tasked with protecting health care seekers by ensuring the maintenance of academic and professional standards, discipline and ethical practice by health professionals registered with it.[1]

PurposeEdit

The purpose of the SLMC is:

"protecting health care seekers by ensuring the maintenance of academic and professional standards, discipline and ethical practice by health professionals who are registered with it.

What is meant by maintenance of academic and professional standards and discipline and ethical practice by health professionals if there are no means of pursuing or questioning a medical practitioners treatment.

HistoryEdit

The SLMC was established as a statutory body by the Medical (Amendment) Act No. 40 of 1998 replacing the Ceylon Medical Council which in turn had been established by the Medical Council Ordinance No. 24 of 1924.

FunctionsEdit

The SLMC's major functions include:

  • the registration of medical practitioners
  • the assessment and recognition of overseas qualifications of medical practitioners

ExaminationsEdit

  • Examination for Registration to Practise Medicine (ERPM) - for citizens of Sri Lanka who obtained their medical qualification from medical schools overseas per of Act No.16 of 1965 and Section 29(I)(b)(ii)(cc) of the Medical Ordinance.[2]

Council MembersEdit

  • President - Nominated by the Minister of Health
  • Eight members - one member each elected by the teachers of the Faculty of Medicine of each of the Universities established or deemed to be established by the Universities Act
  • One member - one member elected by the teachers of the Faculty of Dental Sciences of each of the Universities established or deemed to be established by the Universities Act
  • Eight members - elected by medical practitioners registered under section 29
  • One member - elected by persons entitled to practice medicine registered under section 41
  • One member - elected by dentists registered under section 43
  • Four members - nominated by the Minister of Health, of whom at least two members shall not be in the employment of the Government or in receipt of a pension from the Government
  • Director-General of Health Services
  • Director-General of Teaching Hospitals

A vice-president shall be elected from among the members of the Medical Council, by the Medical Council. Its current President is Dr Colvin Gunerathna.

CriticismEdit

IndependenceEdit

The Sri Lanka Medical Council has been accused of lacking independence in its operations and policy formulation as it is heavily influenced by the Government Medical Officers Association and the Sri Lanka Medical Association with many of the SLMC being from these organizations. Non-GMOA or independent medical practitioners are unable to gained membership. [3]. In 2018, president of the SLMC Prof. Colvin Gunaratne resigned due to uncontrollable influence of GMOA.[4][5]

Protecting their ownEdit

The SLMC has been heavily criticized for focusing more on protecting the interests and privileges of doctors rather than protecting the interests of the general public as is the case with similar bodies such as the General Medical Council.[6]

Dominance of DoctorsEdit

The SLMC is dominated by medical doctors and other medical practitioners such as dentists and pharmacists are ignored.[7]

Past PresidentsEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sri Lanka Medical Council: Past, Present and the Future
  2. ^ Examination for Registration to Practise Medicine
  3. ^ SAITM: beware of becoming a bite
  4. ^ Gunatilleke, Nadira. "SLMC PRESIDENT RESIGNS". Daily News. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  5. ^ "Why I resigned: SLMC President hits out at archaic Medical Ordinance". The Sunday Times Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  6. ^ Doctors prove Medical Council should be scrapped
  7. ^ Medical profession, no longer the dignified calling!