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Sri Lankan doctors not happy with Indian medical team

[Zee News, Saturday, 14 March 2009 09:03 No Comment]

The Indian medical team’s assistance to thousands of displaced Tamils has come under a cloud with the Sri Lankan government doctors questioning the permission granted to the doctors and nurses for the purpose, saying they are not registered in the Island country. 

"They (the Indian medical staff) are not registered with the Sri Lanka medical council. The Indian nurses who have arrived in the island are also not registered. Hence, the Sri Lanka Medical council will not have the authority to question their treatment procedures," president of Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) Shirantha Dissanayake said.

"Then there remains the question as to who will take the responsibility for this (treatment by the Indian medical team) since this is an illegal hospital being constructed in violation of the Sri Lankan medical ordnance. Therefore we hope to take legal action against these proceedings," he told reporters here yesterday.

He said the GMOA was never against the setting up of a hospital in order to treat civilians who were coming from uncleared areas. 

"Our problem is bringing down Indian doctors despite having capable doctors in Sri Lanka," Dissanayake said. The Indian Military medical team, which began its work yesterday, will set up a temporary hospital at Pulmoddai in Eastern Sri Lanka to treat internally displaced Tamil civilians.

The GMOA said bringing down an Indian medical team to operate a make-shift hospital in Pulmoddai would create unnecessary and grave complications in the Sri Lankan health sector.

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