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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Taking over of Neville Fernando Hospital took place today (17th) morning headed by President Maithripala Sirisena.
A MoU was signed by the owner of Nevill Fernando Hospital and the Secretary of the Ministry of Health Janaka Sugathadasa while Bank of Ceylon, which is involved in loan facilities for the hospital too signed the agreement.
It is said Neville Fernando Hospital would be maintained as a teaching hospital of the government. It was maintained as the teaching hospital of the SAITM medical degree selling institute at Malabe and would continue in that state in the future as well.
However, Sri Lanka Medical Council had announced that NevilleFernando Hospital doesn’t maintain the standard needed for a teaching hospital.
The Minister of Health has said the charge that the hospital did not have many patients would not exist hereafter as it would function as a teaching hospital from the 1st of August.
Nevertheless, All Ceylon Medical Officers Associations and the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teachers Association participating in a press conference yesterday (16th) stated that taking over of the Neville Fernando Hospital would not solve SAITM issue.