District: (Doctors’ community of KP expresses concerns over PMDC decision)

ABBOTTABAD: The doctors’ community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has expressed concern over the decision of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) declaring the Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Dental Education (CDE) compulsory for renewal of doctors’ licenses to practice.

PMDC has issued notices to doctors to complete the certification at earliest and asked all the physicians to present certificate of CME completion for renewal of license to practice.

According to the notices issued by PMDC to all cadres of doctors including Specialists and General Practitioners whose registration expired on December 31, 2014 that no renewal will be granted until provision of CME or CDE credit hours for further renewal of license to practice.

The PMDC has declared that, “License to practice be given only to those medical/ dental practitioners/ specialists who have completed at least 5 credit hours/ years (for GPs) and 10 credit hours/ year (for specialists) of training of CME”.

The notice issued by Dr Shaista Faisal, Deputy Registrar PM & DC further stated that in case CME / CDE certificate not provided till June 30, 2015 , registration certificate would be issued to doctors but License to Practice shall not be issued.

The need to attend certain Credit points for renewal of license cannot be successful without creating a framework to conduct CME/CDE. For this PM&DC has invited all Medical and Dental institutions/ organizations in Pakistan to get registration as accredited organization for CME/ CDE.

These accredited organizations shall give opportunities of continuing professional development to the registered medical/ dental doctors. Presently there is no such accredited training institution available to provide CME / CDE training to doctors.

A large number of doctors while criticizing PMDC’s move said that PMDC has issued notices to them without completing its home work and created panic in doctors’ community.

Peoples Doctors Forum (PDF) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a statement claimed that doctors of all cadres whose license to Practice have expired on December 12, 2014 were feeling insecure as their license could not be renewed till the CME/ CDE trainings for which presently no institution exists.

PDF Spokesman Dr Daud Iqbal stated that although this PMDC step seems to enhance the quality of medical practitioners but the proposed training for all the practicing doctors cannot be completed during amnesty time of six months.

He termed it an ill planned exercise which will create unrest amongst the doctors’ community. He ruled out the claim of PMDC that CME trainings would be completed within six months time.

He asked the KPK government to direct Health Regulatory Authority (HRA) not to take any action against practicing doctors till the decision of renewal of their license to practice. He demanded the provincial government for legislation in this regard as required after 18th constitutional amendment, in which health sector was devolved.

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