Committee appointed to probe conduct of SLMC

Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi today appointed a five member committee to look into the conduct of the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

The Committee was appointed after the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today called on the Minister to investigate the conduct of former Acting Assistant Registrar of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Dr. Chandana Atapattu.

In a letter to Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, the GMOA said Dr. Atapattu had recently met an outside party with confidential documents related to the Foreign Degrees Committee of the SLMC.

Dr. Attapattu had pretended to be the Acting Assistant Registrar of the SLMC at a time when his tenure had ended on 31st of July 2019, the GMOA charged.

There is a grave concern among general public regarding Foreign Degree Recognition of SLMC at present, it is unacceptable for Dr. Atapattu to meet outside elements, away from SLMC premises, with confidential documents belonging to SLMC.

This is especially so as Dr. Atapattu’s tenure as Acting Assistant Registrar has ended and therefore, he has no right to access confidential documents of SLMC, let alone sharing them with outside parties.

Furthermore, this type of underhand activity is highly disturbing at a time when you as the Minister of Health is spearheading the timely and all important task of establishing the independence and supremacy of the SLMC, ending the “dark era” of recent past, the GMOA said in its letter.

The GMOA Executive Committee has requested the Ministry of Health to place Dr. Chandana Atapattu out of all activities of the SLMC as well as entering into the SLMC premises until a proper investigation is carried out in order to safeguard the independence and confidentiality of the Council.

The Ministry of Health’s immediate action in this regard will ensure the independence of the SLMC and evoke confidence and good will towards the SLMC by the medical fraternity in particular and Sri Lankan citizens in general, the GMOA added.

Recently, Russia had raised concerns after the SLMC decided to remove three prominent Russian State Universities from the SLMC Approved List without prior information.

The SLMC had thereafter announced that the delisting of three Russian State Universities from the SLMC Approved List, was a mistake. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. When you have too much population with limited resources people will find a short cut to fulfil their needs, including taking bribes and influenced by the foreign powers for financial benefits and perks. The government has to create jobs with well paid salaries or the government must reduce the population.

    Over population creates unlawful behaviours, too much emissions for global warming and holding the country backward from technology and infrastructure.

    If the people can’t afford to raise a big family they should not have more than one child. The people should know the meaning of family planning. If the common sense fails the law must guide the people. Otherwise the government has to take care of every child and won’t have money to develop specific skills, technology and infrastructure to move forward. The government need money to create job specific skills and technical colleges to develop the people’s skills to improve their lifestyle. If I am the President I would implement one child policy if the household monthly income is less than Rs 75000 per month. If anyone breaches this law and having second child, that unlawful second child’s education and medical expenses will be recovered from the parents’ salaries or from their assets. People must stop putting burden on taxpayers and should not be a stumbling block to build adequate infrastructure to move forward.

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