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GMOA opposes introduction of Kotelawala Defence Academy Act to Parliament

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) strongly opposes the proposed introduction of the 'Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy Act (drafted in 2017)’ to Parliament soon ​and ​will take stern action against it, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said.

Addressing a press conference at the GMOA Head Quarters in Colombo yesterday, he said that this proposed Act to abolish the requirement of Act 16, the Examination and also overpowers the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).

"It also abolishes the requirement for a Compliance Certificate from Professional bodies such as the SLMC,"Dr.Aluthge said.

The GMOA will take several measures against this this Act that is detrimental in Parliament.

The GMOA will educate the media on the issue and inform President Maithripala Sirisena on the latest developments and the current situation. A joint meeting will be held at 11.00 am on April 27 with the participation of a large number of organisations, including anti SAITM organisations, trade unions, students' unions, political parties etc," he said.

"The GMOA has requested all branches to study the proposed Act thoroughly and submit proposals. The GMOA will call a Special Central Committee meeting on May 3 to decide future trade union action and protest campaigns to be organised against the proposed Act, Dr.Aluthge added.