PMC accuses third-party influence over Pims protest

Committee reviewing unregistered foreign medical institutions

Razya Khan January 08, 2021


The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Vice-President Ali Raza accused agents and contractors behind the protest of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) doctors graduated from foreign medical universities.

Addressing a presser on Thursday, he urged the doctors to allow PMC to complete its review process of the foreign medical institutions in question and, in the meantime, stop protesting.

The official mentioned that hundreds of students have enrolled in foreign medical universities through contractors. PMC is inspecting all foreign medical colleges and universities whose graduates are employed in the country and the process would be completed in a month, he added.

Raza maintained that the PMC will only register doctors who meet its criteria on merit, ruling out the possibility of issuing temporary certificates to external medical graduates.

He said that a committee is reviewing unregistered foreign medical institutions while the commission will find a mid-way for students currently enrolled in unapproved foreign medical colleges.

The official commented that doctors in Kyrgyzstan outnumber patients. “Kyrgyz medical colleges teach in Russian and the difficulties faced in acquiring degrees are acknowledged by the graduates themselves,” he added, deducing that medical practice in Kyrgyz medical colleges is incomprehensible. However, he noted that PMC will not take any decision in haste.

He further stated that the Uzbek government recognised indigenous doctors and to award licenses to graduates of Kyrgyz medical institutions would be unjust to the nation. He added that PMC would review every detail, including the procedure to bring back the 8,000 Pakistani medical students enrolled in Kyrgyzstan.

The official said that the students could instead apply to student in the institutions outlined in its green list.

He also informed that a medical tribunal had been formed, headed by Justice (retired) Qalandar Khan, to hear complaints about doctors and their licenses and those not meeting required standards would be cancelled.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2021.


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