Professor Carlo Fonseka passed away

Sri Lankan physician, academic and political activist Professor Carlo Fonseka passed away. He was 86 years old at the time of his death.

His remains will be handed over to the Ragama Medical Faculty as per his will.

Professor Carlo Fonseka is a former dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya and a former president of the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

Fonseka was a prominent member of the Trotskyist Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP).

He was a member of the party’s central committee and politburo and lead its branch in Kotte.

Fonseka was also a vocal critic of private medical education and campaigned against the NCMC in the early 1980s.

Whilst president of the SLMC he was highly critical of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), a private medical school.

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