PMA rejects stand to establish provincial bodies of PMDC, CPSP

Karachi: President, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Karachi, Prof Dr Idrees Adhi on Monday rejected the stand of Sindh government to establish provincial level bodies of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP).

He expressed these views while addressing a press conference at PMA House Karachi. Secretary General PMA Centre Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, elected councillor CPSP Prof Tipu Sultan, Dr Abdul Ghafoor Shoro, Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad and Dr Shershah Syed were also present on this occasion.

Prof Adhi said any such step would be seen as a tantamount to destroy the medical and postgraduate medical education in the country and PMA would approach court if such step is taken in future.

He said healthcare, medical education and training was facing serious crisis in Pakistan. He said unfortunately, despite PMA’s effort, protest and campaigns, the government has failed to address major regulatory issues related to medical education and training in our medical schools and teaching hospitals.

He said, “We are extremely concerned at the issues which were under discussion in press and creating lot of confusion.” He said following were the important issues which they thought should be dealt on emergency basis and government should have clear goals about its implementation.

Prof Idrees said PMDC should be an independent and autonomous with power to take disciplinary actions against violators of PMDC rules and regulations. He said PMDC should regulate medical education strictly and one be allowed to open medical colleges in public & private sector in violations of rules & regulations.

“Unfortunately because of some vested interest groups, the PMDC is going through a serious crisis and is unable to perform its duties.” He said federal government should take emergency actions to establish functions of PMDC on merit. It should be autonomous, independent and should perform without influence of vested interest group, he added.

He said PMDC should not be created at provincial basis. As per our understanding after 18th Amendment, the regulatory bodies for medical education and health practices are federal issues. He said, “We are in continuous consultation with lawyers and when time will come, we will approach Supreme Court in this regard.

Tipu Sultan said CPSP is an autonomous and independent body and it was not possible to create new institution in the name of CPSP as per law.

He said CPSP is the symbol of national dignity and prestige at international level as its degrees are recognized and respected worldwide. He said presently 85 percent specialists in the whole country are degree holders of CPSP.

He urged PPP government in Sindh to avoid taking any step causing loss to its popularity. He said all the professional bodies had rejected the proposal of the provincial CPSP and authorities concerned to avoid such steps.

PMA Centre Secretary General Dr Mirza Ali Azhar welcomed the idea of establishing Bilawal Medical College for men and said step would help promote medial education in the province.

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