After facing criticism from the medical fraternity and students, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC)issued a f act-sheet, detailing a number of reforms it had undertaken for the betterment of medical education and transparency.
Moreover, during the last eight months, 43,1981icences were renewed, 6,685 new licences issued to doctors and dentists, 1,986 applications for registration of Postgraduate Clinical Qualification were processed, 3,876 foreign medical students were granted a provisional licence to practice and 1,699 foreign medical students were granted a full licence to practice in Pakistan.
The fact-sheet states that since the establishment of the PMCin September last year, it took a number of initiatives like declaring the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) mandatory and introducing National Licensing Examination (NLE), which was compulsory for getting licence to pr actice in Pakistan.
It also claimed that a centralisedadmission policy had been introduced and steps taken to ensure students were admitted on merit. Private institutions have also been directed to disclose their entire fee structure for the programme prior to admission.
The PMC enhanced 550 seats in the public-sector medical colleges and introduced a policy for foreign medical graduates to get licence to practice in Pakistan. Besides, medical practitioners will have to get their licences revalidated after every five years.
The commission, meanwhile, is launching the first specialist registers in both medicine and dentistry to transparently list and recognise practitioners who had acquired the skills and competency to be recognised as specialists.
In the fact-sheet it is claimed that an online portal has been introduced through which stakeholders can access services. Biometric verification is also being introduced to safeguard a healthcare practitioner`s digital profile and information. The National Medical Scholarship Fund has been established for deserving students with an initial commitment of Rs250 million.
The Ministry of National HealthServices spokesperson, Sajid Shah, told Dawnthat almost all services of the PMC had been of fered online.
`Now people can get themselves registered for MD CAT, National Examination Board, NLE, provisional licence, full licence,lettersof good standing,verification of documents,` he said.
Mr Shah said registration of institutions, inducted students, verification of healthcare practitioners and registration of complaints were also being done online.
Amendments to MTI bill The National Assembly Standing Committee on NHS on Monday suggested opposition members to give their input for the `The Federal Medical Teaching Institute Bill 2020` so that it would sail through the parliament without any hurdle.
The meeting was presided over by MNA Khalid Hussain Magsi and attended by MNAs, Jai Parkash, Fozia Behram. Aliya Hamza Malik, Dr Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Dr Nousheen Hamid, Dr Samina Matloob, Dr Darshan, Dr Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ramesh Lal, Dr Shazia Sobia Aslam and Shamsun Nisa.