PMA throws out PMDC new rules

KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association on Tuesday termed the new rules and regulations of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has been made in haste and they were tantamount to harass the doctors fraternity across Pakistan.

A high level meeting of PMA was held at PMA House, Karachi, which was attended by Prof S Tipu Sultan, Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad, Prof Idrees Adhi, Dr Qazi Wasiq and Dr Shershah Syed. The meeting was also attended through video link by Dr Aziz Ahmed Lehri, President PMA Centre from Quetta, Dr Ashraf Nizami, President Elect PMA Centre, Dr Talha Sherwani, Joint Secretary PMA Centre from Lahore, Dr Bashir Channa, Joint Secretary PMA Centre from Larkana.

This meeting discussed pressing issues which are continuously bothering the entire doctors fraternity across the country like Continuing Medical Education (CME) and credit hours for renewal of PMDC and registration of post graduate fellows by College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP).

They recommended that institutions for award of CME credit hours in Pakistan should be established. The honorary enlistment and capacity building of institutions and medical associations should be registered under Society Act of Pakistan. CME awarding institutions should be established at tehsil and district levels in Pakistan.

The participants of meeting further suggested that due to conflict between PMDC & CPSP, the fellowship awarded by College of Physicians & Surgeons should be registered with Pakistan Medical & Dental Council and the issue should be resolved subsequently according to PMDC rules & regulations in future.

Secretary General PMA Center Dr Mirza Ali Azhar while talking to the PPI said new rules and regulations of PMDC had been made in haste which were tantamount to harass the doctor fraternity across Pakistan. He said decision lack vision and planning. He said PMDC should make ground before introducing new rules.

He said PMA was not opposing the idea of CME but such decision must be taken after establishment of institutions at local level. He said new rule and regulation would create uncertainty among doctors community.

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