KARACHI - The office-bearers of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Sindh and doctors of Dow University of Health Sciences demanded the government to adopt the Health Commission Bill.The bill is the only answer to the issues and problems of health professionals, said Dr Samrina Hashmi, president PMA Sindh and Dr Muhammad Umar Farooq, Pro Vice Chancellor DUHS. Addressing a press conference at the Press Club on Thursday, they appreciated the Sindh Chief Minister and Governor for taking interest in resolution of the doctors’ problems and deputing Sindh law minister to approach the doctors sitting on hunger strike, including the DUHS vice chancellor. The office-bearers of PMA said reminded that the Sindh law minister re-assured the doctors that the draft of Health Commission Bill would be tabled in the forthcoming Sindh Assembly session.  This draft was presented by PMA Sindh to Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmad in January 2011. They said that there were several discussions with the minister and his team after that delegation of PMA also met with the chief minister and Sindh Assembly Speaker on this matter. This Bill has become an Act in November 2010 in Punjab. This law had reduced the acts of violence against health professionals, in Punjab. The health professionals said that there were increasing number of acts of violence against healthcare professionals and health facilities. Recently, Dr Umair and theatre technician were manhandled by the public and they ended up with multiple fractures. In September, the emergency room of Civil Hospital was ransacked by protesters, resulting in loss of public property, they said. Recently there is a trend of blaming doctors, for any morbidity or mortality without being proved guilty. They FIRs are being registered against healthcare staff without proper investigations, by non-technical people like police and relatives of patients. The court order arrests of health personnel without any judicial inquiry, which is a norm in the civilised world. This all is creating an atmosphere of insecurity for healthcare professionals and they are leaving the country, which ultimately affects the quality healthcare to the deserving patients.The office-bearers of doctors’ body said that the health professionals do not have time to pursue cases in the court and run from door-to-door for bails. There must be a clear distinction between complications, medical error and negligence. The PMA doctors said that there were complications of all procedures and there were deaths in hospitals every day, demanding that these should be investigated by senior technically trained personnel and not by junior police officers. There was a notification issued by Sindh Inspector General in October 2011 that no FIR would be registered against health professionals without being investigated by an officer of SP level, they reminded. Sharing the salient features of the proposed health commission bill, they said that bill would uphold the standardisation of health service. It shall be applicable on public, private, non-profit organisation, charitable hospital, trust hospital, semi government and autonomous healthcare organisation without any discrimination, besides the bill will ensure clinical governance, doctors’ rights and responsibility.The patients’ right and responsibilities, inspection, audit and investigations of health facilities have been covered in the proposed bill, they said. The law minister will keep his promise and table the bill in the Sindh Assembly forthcoming session, they hoped.