ISLAMABAD, April 11: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) is at the verge of collapse and has failed to exercise its role of a regulator.
This was the observation made at a meeting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presided over by its chairman Fasih Bukhari.
The members of committee called for immediate steps for cancellation of fake degrees of doctors and inspection of all new medical colleges.
According to the minutes of the meeting issued on Thursday, the meeting was held at the NAB headquarters on April 3 to discuss registration of fake medical colleges and doctors.
The committee observed that there was a dire need to revamp the whole structure of the PMDC as per its mandate and the scope of work.
The PMDC, in collaboration with the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), should prepare a comprehensive roadmap covering all aspects of the regulatory authority.
It was also decided that a comprehensive list of registered doctors be maintained as a central databank by the PMDC having national tax number (NTN) of each doctor.
The PMDC should also ask about the declaration of income and income tax by doctors and dentists on a yearly basis because most of them were not paying taxes.
According to the minutes, administrative posts (accounts, finance, IT, legal etc) in the PMDC may be given to non-doctors having expertise in the field of administration.
The mechanism of issuing licence to work as a medical practitioner should be reviewed and must be strengthened to plug the loopholes in the system.
The participants also suggested renewal of licence for the practicing doctors on an annual basis and scrutiny of fake registration.
They also decided that the detected fake cases should be referred to the police stations concerned for lodging FIRs and the legal team of the PMDC should pursue the cases vigorously.
The increase in the number of medical colleges (private and public) from 36 to 78 in the country within the last seven years also needed to be scrutinised through site inspection by the committee which may comprised the administrator, acting registrar, two members nominated by the administrator PMDC and representatives from the NAB regional bureaus.
The system of the National Examination Board (NEB) may be reviewed and made foolproof. The PMDC may think to outsource the subject examination for transparency and merit.
The meeting was also attended by NAB director general Brig (retired) Mohammad Musaddiq Abbasi, PMDC administrator Dr Raja Amajd Mehmood, PMDC adviser Lt-Gen (retired) Rehan Burney and others.