PMA delegation meets Minister for Water Resources

ISLAMABAD – The delegation of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Islamabad on Friday met with Minister for Water Resources Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and appealed to repeal the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Act, 2020, and restore the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Act 2012.

In a meeting with the minister, the delegation of PMA led by President PMA Dr. Akhtar Ali Bandesha and General Secretary Dr. Mubashar Mushtaq Daha expressed the hope that all genuine demands of doctors will be considered by the present government and the PMC and MTI laws will be revised.

The delegation appealed to the minister to restore the old service structure and experience-based promotion policy for doctors in the federal and provincial hospitals.

The delegation also asked to make the health allowance of doctors as per their basic salaries as such policy was being implemented in other government organizations.

Dr. Bandesha said that the Federal Medical Teaching Institution (FMTI) Act, 2021, which was introduced by the past government aimed at promoting nepotism and favouritism. He added that this act has damaged the service structure of doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff besides increasing difficulties for patients.

During the meeting, the matter of the National Licensing Examination (NLE) was also discussed besides a detailed discussion on the categorization system of government and private medical colleges by the PMC.

He said that the PMC should start the old final registration system after house jobs for doctors instead of the prevailing faulty National Licensing Exam (NLE), which is now mandatory for medical students.

The delegation also discussed the matter of centralized MDCAT examination for admission in medical colleges all over Pakistan and increased minimum merit up to 65 per cent. The delegation demanded the minister for full autonomy to the provinces for admission to medical colleges.

The delegation asks Khursheed to repeal Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Act, 2020 and restore Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) Act, 2012

The PMA president demanded of the minister to cancel the policy of having a minimum of 65 per cent marks for appearing in the MDCAT test and start holding this test at the provincial level.

During the meeting, the issue of overseas seats in medical colleges all over Pakistan and recognition of medical colleges in Kyrgyzstan was also discussed besides accreditation of all hospitals and medical colleges which are already accredited with CPSP.

The delegation expressed its concerns over the Federal Medical Teaching Institution (FMTI) Act, implemented in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad, and appointments made through the FMTI Act.

Khursheed Shah assured the delegation that the present government will repeal the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Act, 2020, and restore the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Act 2012 besides the restoration of the previous status of PIMS after repealing the FMTI Act.

He said that the coalition partners will fully support this move of the Pakistan Peoples Party as these are the genuine demands of the medical practitioners. The PPP will continue its efforts for the betterment of medical professionals and improve the healthcare system of the country to ensure better health services for the people.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the PMA including Dr. Syed Abid Shah, Prof Dr. Imran Sikandar, Prof Dr. Mian Rasheed, Dr. Riaz Shahbaz Janjua, and Prof Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan.

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