Solution to SAITM issue: Hospital to be vested today:Health Minister

The ownership of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital would be transferred today to the State, as a long lasting and acceptable solution to the SAITM medical faculty issue raised by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) and the University Students’ Federation. The event of transferring the ownership of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital would be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

The minister addressing the media yesterday, said that all the necessary facilities, including modern medical facilities and technologies are available at the hospital. “As a teaching hospital, it contains the latest equipment in medical technology,” the Minister said.

Minister Senaratne noted that once the ownership of the hospital was transferred, the hospital would provide patients with free of charge quality health services.

As scheduled, the hospital would officially be opened as a teaching hospital from August 01, 2017. Minister Senaratne noted that once the ownership of the hospital was transferred, the hospital would provide patients with a free of charge quality health service. 

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