PMA urges Govt. to look into the working of Pakistan Medical Commission


PMA urges Govt. to look into the working
of Pakistan Medical Commission
Resolves to oppose National Licensing Examination
(NLE) for all fresh medical graduates

LAHORE: Pakistan Medical Association Punjab held its meeting at Gujrat which was attended by representatives from various PMA branches from all over the province. The meeting discussed the policies of Pakistan Medical Commission and decided to oppose them as they are against the interest of the medical profession.

The meeting urged the government to look into the affairs of PMC and take some remedial measures. The PMA leadership further stated that it will not accept the National Licensing Examination as well as MDCAT and it also decided to ensure that these policies are not implemented. The meeting also condemned the issuance of notices to Dr. Ashraf Nizami and Dr. Shahid Malik by PEMRA and opined that they will continue to highlight the issues faced by the healthcare professionals. The meeting also took notice of enquiries initiated against President PMA Punjab Prof. Masood Rauf for highlighting the issue of non-payment of compensation to Shuhda of Corona Victims. The meeting also condemned the working of the Punjab Healthcare Commission. This institution was supposed to eliminate quackery but now it is itself busy in promoting quackery they alleged.

According to another report at least forty doctors were injured as a result of police baton charge in Lahore on August 27th during a protest against the National Licensing Examination (NLE) which has been made compulsory by the PM for permanent registration. The protesting doctors had entered the examination center at Barkat Market Garden Town and the police tried to disperse them which they resisted. Police resorted to baton charge and tear gas shelling. Later the Examination was cancelled and it was announced that it will be held against shortly. Meanwhile Young Doctors Association has announced to start a protest movement against the PMC policies all over the country. They are of the opinion that PMC should take exam of all foreign medical graduates but not those who have already passed the entry test and examinations in Pakistan.