Dear Fellows and Members of the College,
I am sending this message as the 34th President of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka outlining the plan for 2016. I thank all of you for electing me and I hope we can work as a team in improving the standards of surgical care while maintaining the good image of the surgical profession in Sri Lanka.
As I indicated in my speech at the induction, I intend to focus our attention on the theme chosen for the year “Accountable Surgical Care”. Which as I explained is the obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner. Patient engagement is a central feature of accountable care. A variety of models are emerging around the world to promote accountability in surgical care and most popular and used model has the main characteristics of Patient-centered, well-coordinated care for a designated population of patients, with due consideration for patient satisfaction and cost saving.