Appeal to resolve issue from PMC regulator

LAHORE: The Pakistan Medical Association held a Central Council meeting on Sunday, attended by central councilors from across Pakistan.

The meeting discussed the PMA situation and called on the federal government to resolve the issue of the Medical Profession Regulatory Authority (PMC) on an emergent basis. The chamber expressed deep concern over the undue delay in passing the PMDC Regulatory Bill 2022 in the Senate.

The Honorary Secretary General of the PMA Centre, Dr. SM Qaisar Sajjad, said that the PMA is of unanimous opinion that the PMDC Bill 2022 should be passed in accordance with the international body (WFME), democratically elected, independent professional members , transparent and autonomous in all respects. The chamber asked the government to make the necessary changes to the PMDC 2022 bill adopted by the National Assembly before adopting it by the Senate.

The ad hoc body for 89 days is expected to be constituted on an interim basis which will automatically dissolve after the completion of the electoral process within 89 days as provided for in the PMDC Bill 2022.

In another resolution, the meeting expressed sorrow over the loss of life, livestock deaths due to torrential rains and floods in Sindh and Balochistan. The PMA has decided to offer all available resources to help the needy in any way possible. There are a number of cases of waterborne diseases apart from skin and eye diseases in the flood affected areas. The PMA Center has also urged all its provincial and district branches to step up flood relief activity and set up camps in their affected areas.

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