islamabad - Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) will take strict action against illegal medical and dental colleges, operating across the country without approval from the council. According to official sources, doctors having acquired additional medical or dental postgraduate qualifications, will only be authorised to practice as specialists in their respective specialty and can render expert opinion. The registered medical or dental practitioners having only basic medical or dental qualification, are not authorised to carry out specialised procedures and all doctors have been directed to display their PMDC registration certificate prominently at the place of practice, they added.

They said that PMDC will make surprise inspections to check the implementation of this decision. They said these measures have been taken in order to check quackery. They said that in future all the doctors having postgraduate degrees will be mentioned in their PMDC registration certificates along with their degree awarding and training institutions to maintain all the data of the specialist doctors.

Sources said all postgraduate students will have to provide a transcript of their training, to endorse professional education of the doctors and to ensure they have professional knowledge of the specialty, and requisite skills to carry out procedures and medical ethics.

They said PMDC will also issue a license for practicing medicine for which all doctors will have avail mandatory credit hours of continuous medical education (CME) to stay updated with the new medical technologies and innovations. They said that all doctors using unregistered degrees or additional qualification of any specialty with their names which are not registered with PMDC, will be dealt with strict disciplinary action.

Sources said all registered medical and dental practitioners have been advised to write only those medical or dental qualifications against their names which have been duly registered by the Council in their registration certificate on the board and prescription. They said if any doctor will be reported to have carried out any specialized procedures for which he or she doesn’t have required additional qualification, he or she will be liable to be proceeded against as per law which may result in suspension or cancellation of his or her license to practice altogether.

They said that the patients going for consultation with the physician or dentists have been advised to verify the medical or dental qualification of the doctor registered by the Council.