Pakistan Medical And Dental Council (PMDC) Creating Gaps

Submitted By: Sohail Khan








Scenario

PMDCA new debate has been started by Pakistan Medical And Dental Council PMDC with the announcement that prefix “Dr” CAN only be used by MBBS and BDS professionals’ .This declaration shows the height of immaturity and lack of professionalism in PMDC. The three domains that are showing concern about it are Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physiotherapy and Doctor of veterinary medicine. These major domains of health care shows great concern about it and will respond with something worse either legislatively or on professional grounds. This announcement widened the already present space with in health care system of Pakistan. Instead of improving the implementation quality of their legislation PMDC organized a whole conference on how to start another fight between health care professionals? It would have been better if they had done it for how to improve the standard of essential drug list or treatment guidelines? But instead of improving the health care system PMDC tried their level best to create misconceptions and confusions in the systemd by MBBS and BDS professionals’ .This declaration shows the height of immaturity and lack of professionalism in PMDC. The three domains that are showing concern about it are Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physiotherapy and Doctor of veterinary medicine. These major domains of health care shows great concern about it and will respond with something worse either legislatively or on professional grounds. This announcement widened the already present space with in health care system of Pakistan. Instead of improving the implementation quality of their legislation PMDC organized a whole conference on how to start another fight between health care professionals? It would have been better if they had done it for how to improve the standard of essential drug list or treatment guidelines? But instead of improving the health care system Pakistan Medical And Dental Council PMDC tried their level best to create misconceptions and confusions in the system

The Rootcause

Reasons given by health Professionals who are calling this announcement not acceptable are
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  1. These degree have the name “Doctor of” so why they can’t use prefix “Dr” when their degrees states that they are doctors. These courses are registered and approved by Health ministry and HEC. PMDC should complain HEC and health ministry about it.
  2. As per international standards every health professional with the degrees of Pharm.D and DPT can use the prefix of “Dr”. There is any flaw in the international laws?
  3. PMDC is a regulatory authority for MBBS and BDS only other health professions have their own regulatory authorities like Pharmacy Council. So it’s not the responsibility of PMDC to evaluate other professions.
  4. Physiotherapists are authorized to open their own rehab centre and a clinic whereas Pharmacist can prescribe general medicines in some cases as per international standards. So how they are liable of committing quackery?

Rifts By PMDC

PMDC have the history of creating rifts between the healthcare professionals. Instead of making policies for Physicians and dentists that should be more patient oriented they are lobbying to split the healthcare professionals so that the professionals start fighting with each other instead of thinking collaboratively for the patient’s health.

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If PMDC is concerned about quackery they should start a crackdown for the quacks sitting in streets around Pakistan as there is a sharp increase in the number of these clinics and should not pass decisive announcements on professional values of other health care professions when they have their own legislation and regulation authorities.

Authored By Mian Waleed Ahmed

Waleed Ahmad is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Chal Chalen. He's a wanderlust explorer. Waleed is also utilizing his travel and tourism experiences and sharing the positive sides with the world.

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