Idea floated to form healthcare regulatory bodies at provincial level


Karachi: An idea has been floated to form healthcare regulatory bodies at provincial level in Sindh. The Chairman Sindh Higher Education Commission (SHEC) and Former Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain, while talking to media men other day, had said Pakistan Medical & Dental Council, Pakistan Nursing Council and Pharmacy Council and other regularity bodies would be established at provincial level soon, as the federal government was unable to run the affairs of these bodies affectively.

He said after passing of 18th amendment the healthcare sector is devolved to provinces and regularity bodies of this sector must have been handed over to provinces. He said provincial government has started work to establish provincial level regularity bodies in province and they would be established in Sindh within few months.

He said after the passage of 18th amendment all regularity bodies should be run through Council of Common Interests (CCI) under article 153 and 154; however, these bodies are illegally being run under Ministry of Health Regulation.

He said Pakistan Medical & Dental Council and other regularity bodies should have three functions including central registry, opening of new medical institutions and curriculum, while the rest of responsibilities handed over to provinces.

However, the suggestion of establishment of provincial level regularity bodies of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC), Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC) and Pharmacy Council and other regularity bodies was welcomed by Pakistan Medical Council (PMA) Centre.

Secretary General PMA Centre Dr Mirza Ali Azhar talking to PPI said PMA has no objection on formation of provincial level regularity bodies in Sindh on the patron of India and America, after the passage of 18th Amendment. He said major concern of PMA is deteriorating medical education in Sindh province and Pakistan as well, which needs special attention of authorities concerned.

He said PMA is very much concerned about the affairs of PMDC as performance of this regularity body was unsatisfactory. He urged the provincial government to improve the healthcare delivery system in Sindh province, where majority of the government-run hospitals and dispensaries are marred with corruption and mismanagement.

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