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PMA asks lawmakers to reject PMDC ordinance

After concerns shown by a parliamentary committee about the new council of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has also criticised the establishment of the council through nominations.

`President Dr Arif Alvi, who is also a health practitioner, should consult Prime Minister Imran Khan and withdraw the PMDC Ordinance. Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf (PTI) government believes in merit so it should revive the old ordinance under which over 60pc members of the council were elected,` PMA Secretary General Dr Qaisar Sajjad told Dawn.

`As the new council has been established through a presidential ordinance, which has to sail through parliament, we urge parliamentarians to reject the ordinance.

`Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) during its tenure wasted almost a year as it promulgated an ordinance for 120 days and the next ended it for another 120 days.

Now the PTI government might do the same so we suggest that the ordinance should be withdrawn,` he said.

On March 13, the PMDC elected ProfDr Tariq Iqbal Bhutta as president and Prof Dr Amer Zaman Khan as vice president for three years.

Dr Sajjad said Dr Bhutta must be a competent person but selection of the council members through nominations was not appropriate.

`The council has to look into medical education so it should not be controversial at all,` he said.

According to a statement, the PMA appreciated Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) Chairman Mian Ateeg Shaikh for his bold reaction to the alleged interference of the federal health minister in electing his close friend as the PMDC president and favouring of a group of doctors.

`PMA has already rejected the PMDC Ordinance 2019 under which this selected council has been formed which is in total violation of the PMDC Ordinance 1962.

PMA has always stressed making PMDC an autonomous, independent, transparent, democratic and vibrant body to look after related issues in a democratic and transparent way.

Through this ordinance, we think there will be no change in the affairs of PMDC and it will remain a continuation of the mess which we have witnessed for decades,` it states.

Title : PMA asks lawmakers to reject PMDC ordinance
Author : Dawn
Type : News
Role Performer : Corporate author
Subject : Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, Pakistan Medical Association
Publisher : Dawn
Publication Place : Islamabad
Date : 2019-03-24
Language : English