Nov 24, 2016

SAITM proposed to be semi-govt., NFTH as state hospital Featured

The parliamentary committee on higher education has recommended that SAITM, the private medical college at Malabe, be run as a state-private partnership and Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital be taken over by the state.

Tabling the committee report, its chairman Prof. Ashu Marasinghe said 100 beds out of the 1,000 beds at the NFTH be allotted for paying wards.

Of the remaining beds, 80 each be given to surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and psychology and the rest for ophthalmology, orthopedics and ENT, according to the recommendations.

Other members of the committee are Lasantha Alagiyawanne, Sujith Sanjaya Perera, Mujibur Rahman, Angajan Ramanathan, Chatura Sandepa Senaratne, Wijiepala Hettiarachchi and Rohini Kumari Wijeratne.

Twenty per cent of admissions to SAITM should be allotted as scholarships for students who fail to gain admission to state medical faculties, another recommendation says.

Also, its examinations should be on par with the UGC standards and its students should have clinical training at Avissawella, Mulleriyawa and Horana hospitals.