KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) appreciated the Senate’s Standing Committee on National Health Services for taking a bold stance against Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) Ordinance, 2019.
PMA Centre’s emergent meeting was held at PMA House Karachi on Monday to discuss the issue. The chairperson and members criticised the new PMDC for not being a democratic representative body, but rather a selected council which was now trying to bring back corrupt individuals into the circle. The powers of the council had also been reduced through this ordinance.
PMA has already rejected the ordinance under which the selected council had been formed, which was in complete violation of PMDC Ordinance 1962. The PMA has already written a letter to the heads of all the political parties and has requested them to reject this PMDC ordinance at every level.
PMA always stresses upon the need to make PMDC an autonomous, independent, democratic and vibrant body to regulate the medical education in the country in a transparent way, said PMA Centre’s Secretary General Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad.
PMA requested the members of Senate and national assembly to come forward and support PMA by raising their voice against the ordinance, which they termed illegal, unconstitutional and destructive, and reject it.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2019.