Jul 23, 2019

SLMC ordered to register students with recognised foreign medical degrees

The Supreme Court today ordered the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register the students who obtained medical degrees from accepted foreign universities and the students who passed the SLMC qualifying examination.

The directive was issued by a three-judge bench comprising Justices Prasanna Jayawardena, L.T.B. Dehideniya and Murdu Fernando, delivering the verdict in the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by 16 students who have obtained medical degrees from recognised foreign universities.

The petitioners stated that the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has refused to register them to practice medicine in the country despite the fact that they have obtained medical degrees from recognised foreign medical universities.

The petitioners had requested the Supreme Court to deliver a verdict stating that their fundamental rights had been violated through this and also to order the SLMC to register them for the medical professions in the country.