‘SAITM will be neither abolished or nationalized’ – Health Minister

 

SAITM would not be abolished or nationalized but would function as a non-profit institution approved by the Higher Education Ministry, Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

Minister Senaratne made this observation at the weekly cabinet media briefing held today at the Government Information Department.

Elaborating on this, Minister Senaratne said that SAITM would function as a non-profit institution which means that the surplus revenues of this institution will be used only for the improvement of the institution without distributing its surplus income to the organization's shareholders.

When a journalist inquired asked about Dr. Neville Fernando’s response to the government’s decision, Minister said that Dr. Neville Fernando has already agreed with this decision.

Responding to a question by a journalist asking whether any decision has been taken to transfer SAITM to SLIIT, Minister Senaratne said that not only the SLIIT, some other educational institutions has shown their willingness to take SAITM under their institutions.

Further responding to a query by a journalist who claimed that the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) doesn’t agree with the government’s decision on SAITM totally, Minister said that if the GMOA doesn’t agree with government’s decision totally they should suggest their own solution for the SAITM issue.

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