The College of Family Medicine Pakistan, Karachi, has demanded for proportionate representation of general practitioners and family physicians in Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). According to press release, the mission of College of family medicine is to improve quality of healthcare for all Pakistanis. As per the PMDC figures there are more than 145000 registered general practitioners in Pakistan and there are around 32000 registered specialists in this country. The family physicians single handedly provide affordable and cost effective healthcare to majority of Pakistanis day and night and during the course of their work are exposed to occupational hazards like contracting diseases and infections. Not to mention life threatening situations and safety risks they face.
Lack of an infrastructure for primary care has always been there for a family physician of Pakistan and despite all these odds they are providing cost-effective healthcare to a majority of our population. More than 75% population is provided healthcare by their family physicians or general practitioners. As such all general practitioners are registered with PMDC and regularly pay their dues. Yet family physicians / general practitioners are grossly under-represented in all forums including an important body like Pakistan Medical and Dental Council PMDC. The College of family medicine is being the representative body of general practitioners in the country demands that Pakistan Medical and Dental Council PMDC. It also demands PMDC reorganizing to include adequate representation from the general practitioners/ family physicians bodies.