Need stressed to promote ethics in medical practice

KARACHI: The 51st Annual Medical Symposium has concluded at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre followed by few recommendations drawn by consciences for the ethical medical practice in Pakistan.

The theme of the symposium was “Ethics in Medical Practice”. The plenary session of this symposium was dedicated to the theme. Eminent speakers like Dr Asim Ahmed, Dr Amir Jaffery, Prof Nadeem Rizvi, Arshad Hussain, Haroon Qasim and Javaid Jabbar delivered their speeches pertaining to the subject. This was followed by few recommendations drawn by consciences for the ethical medical practice in Pakistan.

The recommendations said that patients’ wellbeing should be first and foremost objectives, physicians should prescribe regimen for the good of their patients according to their best ability and judgment and never to harm anyone, physicians shall support access to medical care for all, physicians shall play their role in the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health, physicians shall respect law and seek changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interest of patients.

The physicians should mention only those qualifications which are registered with PMDC, the regulators must play their role in implementing the rules and regulations of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, the institution must have a committee which looks after CME and Medical Conferences. This committee must ensure a healthy, Ethical relation between medical fraternity and pharma industry, for the revalidation of physicians practicing license, the CME credit hours must be implemented by the PMDC.

The monetary grants must be institutionalized rather than individualized and mechanism of disbursement of the funds by the institution must be crystal clear and auditable.

These recommendations are with sincere intentions and desire to have an ethical practice in Pakistan, the moot was told.