Medical community demands running PMDC on lines of GMC-UK

Karachi: Ex-member of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) Dr Shershah Syed on Monday showed extreme concern about withdrawal of notification regarding Steering Committee announced earlier after the dissolution of PMDC by Federal Government.

He expressed these views while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC). Secretary General, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Centre Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, Dr S M Qaisar Sajjad, representatives of civil society Iqbal Alvi and Naeem Sadiq was also present.

Dr Shershah said after the dissolutions of PMDC and formation of seven-member Steering Committee to hold the election of PMDC, the notification was mysteriously withdrawn for unknown reasons. He said it seemed that vested interests are in action and they do not want a representative body with power to regularize and monitor medical education and medical practices in Pakistan.

He said it is important to run PMDC on patron General Medical Council (GMC) UK which can work in the interest of patients, medical education and ethical conduct of profession.

He said unfortunately PMDC is only working to save the interest of owners of private medical colleges in Pakistan and for the benefit of vested interests in government sector. He said in last ten year the medical colleges without faculty and facilities in private and government sector were recognized in enormous number.

Dr Shershah said medical and dental seats were increased fast to make money at the cost of education standard. He hoped that government will form a committee of honourable people within 90 days from doctor community and civil society to regularize the affairs of PMDC.

Dr Mirza Ali Azhar said medical education system is in verge of collapse in the country. He said: “We have wasted lot o time and now we cannot afford to play with the issues related to people health.”

He urged the federal health minister to immediately take action for an autonomous, independent and powerful PMDC.

Dr Qaisar Sajjad said PMDC should act for benefit of Pakistan, for the standardization of medical education and healthcare in Pakistan.

The speakers suggested formation of steering committee for the election of PMDC within 45 days, moratorium on the recognition of medical colleges and increasing of seas in public, private sector medical and dental colleges in Pakistan, formation of committee for the amendment of ordinance for the inclusion of non-doctor as member of PMDC and appointment of an honest registrar to conduct day to day affairs of PMDC.

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