PMA lashes out at PMDC for harassing doctors

KARACHI: The Central Council of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) took a serious notice of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council’s (PMDC) harassment and humiliating policy against the doctors regarding the registration and Continuous Medical Education (CME).

The meeting of Central Council of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) was held at PMA House, Karachi. which was presided over by President PMA Centre Dr Aziz Lehri and attended by Dr Ashraf Nizami, Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, Dr Qaisar Sajjad, Dr Bashir Channa, Prof Tipu Sultan, Prof Idrees Adhi, Dr Qazi Wasiq, Dr Mehar Iqbal, Dr Izhar , Dr Pir Manzoor Ali and large number of central councillors across the country.

The participants said as a matter of principle, PMA is not against the CME, as PMA and all other sister organizations carry out their CME program throughout the year to update their knowledge and skills in a scientific way. But the present attitude of PMDC as a forced implementation of CME program without doing any ground work in the country is an insult to all doctors.

The Central Council has decided to reject the PMDC’s proposed CME program. The Central Council also deplored the role of PMDC in registration process which is causing undue harassment to medical fraternity. If this policy is not changed, PMA will approach highest judiciary on the issue of CME and registration process.

The Central Council meeting demanded refund of Rs 50,000 charged by the PMDC from the organizations in connection with seeking the accreditation for conducting CME and feels that all CME process should be free of charge.

The Central Council also demanded the restructuring of PMDC in accordance with law and get rid of this illegal body. Then this new PMDC should formulate the proper CME policy and guideline to be adopted all over country.

The Central Council meeting further demanded that a patient-friendly health policy be presented by the federal and provincial government at earliest. The deteriorating medical education should be checked and time scale promotion to the doctors and security to the doctors be provided.

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