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Politicians should let doctors decide matters on Wayamba Uni medical faculty: Johnston

Politicians should let the doctors and medical practitioners and experts to decide matters pertaining to the professorial unit of the Wayamba University’s Medical Faculty since it is not a task for political leaders, Chief Government Whip and Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said on Tuesday.

Responding to a query by a journalist asking for the minister’s standpoint of ongoing dispute of the location of the professorial unit during a ceremony to open a Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry in Kurunegala town, the minister said the politicians should not involve in the matters decided by medical experts and professionals. “Politicians should not be involved in this matter which should be decided by the doctors. It is during the last government the politicians decided that the professorial unit of the Wayamba Medical Faculty should be in Kuliyapitiya. Now the doctors have pointed out it should be relocated in the Provincial Hospital in Kurunegala for it is the most suitable place to provide medical students with clinical training. The doctors and medical practitioners are the best suited to decide this matter. There are some decisions that politicians should let the professionals to decide. This is one such decision. I personally as a politician do not involve in this matter but respect the opinion of the doctors. Let them decide and we would act accordingly,” the Minister said.

The regional consular office was opened by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa via zoom technology from Temple Trees. Leader of the House and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was also present.

The regional consular office would help hundreds of thousands of people in the Wayamba Province and save their time and money because now they could avail of those services without visiting the foreign ministry head office in Colombo, the minister said. “Wayamba has hundreds of thousands of people engaged in jobs in foreign countries. There are also a large number of manpower agencies also centering the Kurunegala town. Those who used to travel to Colombo for services such as certifying their documents and for other services offered by the consular division of the foreign ministry now have access to them in Kurunegala,” the minister said.