by: Asma Ghani
The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) has so far identified 52 cases of fake medical doctors and cancelled the registration of all while cases have been lodged against 11 fake medical practitioners.
Administrator PM&DC Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood at a press conference briefed the media about the important decision made by the council regarding its working and the improvement of private medical colleges. The administrator informed that the PM&DC has been conducting inspections of all medical and dental colleges and pointing out their deficiencies in writing to them to fulfil the requirements as laid down by the council.
“Recently, the PM&DC has stopped seven private medical colleges from offering admissions due to deficient teaching facilities but did not close down them rather gave time to fulfil the set standards. That includes Abbottabad International Medical College, Muhammad Medical College, Mirpurkhas, Sindh, Mohiuddin Islamic Medical College, Mirpur, AJ&K, Al-Tibri Medical College, Karachi, Independent Medical College, Faisalabad, Rahbar Medical College and Faryal Medical College, Punjab.”
He said that for the first time in the history of PM&DC, the Auditor General of Pakistan has conducted audit of the council and made 83 observations. The audit has identified financial embezzlement and registration of fake doctors and medical colleges during the period of former Registrar Dr Nadeem Akbar.
Inquires are under way by different organisations including PM&DC and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the cases against him are in courts too. But he regretted that on every charge the former registrar managed to get stays from the courts, as there is a powerful lobby behind him that is supporting his wrongdoings.
“FIRs have also been lodged against Dr Nadeem Akbar and court cases are in process for his gross misconduct, manipulation of election process, contesting in the PM&DC elections without the permission of the competent authority, keeping two domiciles for purpose of forgery, fake doctors registrations, fake ISO certification, forgery in documents, illegal recruitments, forgery in minutes of the executive committee, theft of official files etc. And his medical degree has also been cancelled by the disciplinary of the Council.” Dr Amjad said that the PM&DC had already handed over its record of doctors and dentists, including the foreign-qualified ones, and registration certificates issued by it over the last 10 years to NAB and action had been initiated on the reports of ‘massive corruption, misuse of authority, violation of rules and procedures, and accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income by the ex-registrar under its Prevention Regime Initiatives.’
There have been many other discrepancies in recognition of medical/dental colleges for which the Ministry of National Regulations and Services has already constituted a three-member panel headed by former Lahore High Court Judge Syed Shabbar Raza for inquiry into the alleged administrative irregularities done by the ex-registrar, especially recognition of 19 medical colleges in a single day.
The PM&DC has also directed all the medical colleges to allocate 50 per cent beds for the poor patient free of cost including consultation fee and treatment, simultaneously and 5 per cent quota for non-affording eligible medical students. A module system is also in process to be devised for house job/ foundation year in which BLS course will be mandatory during house job if not done during final year. Assessment exam after completion of house job will also be a requirement to be fulfilled by the institution and the completion certificate shall be issued to the doctors after fulfilment of these requirements.
PM&DC is also deciding to re-assess hospitals for recognition of house job as there are many hospitals which do not meet minimum requirements as per criteria of house job training to house officers.
Besides, PEMRA and APNS have been given clear-cut directions to ban advertisement promotions of fake doctors and clinics, he added.
This article was written by Asma Ghani and originally published on nation