Sohail Hashmi

Sohail Karim Hashmi

Secretary at Pakistan Medical and Dental Council

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Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) did not have the authority to deal with the cases of medical negligence, informed Dr Sohail Hashmi while addressing a seminar on ‘Medical Negligence in Pakistan', organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute Monday. Dr Hashmi of PMDC said registration of senior health professionals had been cancelled on account of medical negligence in the past, but the process was very lengthy. "PMDC has revised its code of ethics, which was developed in 1978, to include modern as well as religious concepts.However, it is not responsible for the entire health community including homeopathic doctors, opticians, midwives, lady health workers, hakims, etc," he clarified. Dr Hashmi recommended formulation of a national policy for the protection of patients and regulation for appropriate delivery of health services."The USA Medical Council accredits doctors of Pakistani origin and rates them on a par with those from other countries, but Pakistani doctors lack facilities and have to face many hurdles in treating patients," he regretted. ‘Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) lacks authority to deal with the cases of medical negligence', Dr. Sohail Hashmi of PMDC stated this at a seminar on ‘Medical Negligence in Pakistan' organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute on Monday. Although the registration of senior health professionals has been cancelled on account of medical negligence but the process is very lengthy.PMDC has revised its code of ethics (which was developed in 1978) according to modern as well as religious concepts. ‘However, PMDC is not responsible for the entire health community including homeopathic doctors, tabibs, opticians, Lady Health Workers, quacks etc.' He recommended formulation of a national policy for patient protection and regulation of appropriate health services delivery. Representing the PMDC, Dr. Sohail Hashmi clarified that the Council is solely responsible for the establishment of uniform minimum standards of basic and higher qualifications in medicine and dentistry, and as such, it does not possess the authority to deal with cases of medical negligence."We have a restricted role.We cannot involve the Council in protection of patient rights.We do not have the powers for punitive and/or suo moto action," he said in response to a question.He said that the registrations of senior health professionals - most recently including a professor of surgery of the Government of Punjab - have been cancelled on account of medical negligence but the process is very lengthy. Dr. Hashmi said PMDC has revised its Code of Medical Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners to include modern and Islamic concepts; however, the Council cannot be held responsi ble for excesses committed by the large unregulated sector consisting of physiotherapists, lady health workers, laboratory technicians, pirs , saints, dais , quacks and practitioners of alter native medicine, among others."Negligence on part of medical and dental practitioners only rep resents the tip of the iceberg as a majo rity of the country's popula tion seeks care from the unregul ated sector," he rightly pointed out. Dr. Hashmi recommended the formulation of a National Policy for Patient Protection; regulation of appropriate health service delivery; availability of professional development opportunities and appointment of a health services ombudsman. On a political note, Dr. Hashmi said, "The present government gives best statements on the floor of the House, but that is all.All efforts are now being made to further cap the powers of PMDC so that the minister assumes complete charge of its affairs," he alleged.Sohail admitted that many medical negligence case occur due to lack of proper medical facilities in the country hospitals and awareness among the general public about the patients rights.He said that the PMDC could only implement their laws on regulated council including doctors' council, paramedic council, nurses council etc.The registration of many senior health professionals have been cancelled on account of medical negligence but the process is very lengthy, he added.Dr. Sohail Hashmi of PMDC stated this at a seminar on 'Medical Negligence in Pakistan' organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute here on Monday.He said that registration of senior health professionals had been cancelled on account of medical negligence but the process was very lengthy.PMDC had revised its code of ethics (which was developed in 1978) to include modern as well as religious concepts.However, PMDC was not responsible for the entire health community including homeopathic doctors, tabibs, opticians, lady health workers, dais, quacks etc., he clarified.He recommended formulation of a national policy for patient protection and regulation of appropriate health services delivery.Dr Sohail Hashmi, secretary of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), has said that the council lacked authority to deal with cases of medical negligence.He was addressing a seminar on ‘Medical Negligence in Pakistan' organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute on Monday. He said that PMDC had revised its code of ethics to include modern and religious concepts but was not responsible for all health practitioners such as homeopaths, opticians, lady health workers and quack-doctors.He said that the registration of senior health professionals had been cancelled due to medical negligence.He recommended the formulation of a national policy for patient protection and regulation of appropriate health services.

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KARACHI, April 29: The Pakistan Medical Association has condemned the forced leave given to Dr Sohail Karim Hashmi from Pakistan Medical and Dental Council after a resolution passed in the Senate....

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Briefing the committee, PMDC Secretary Dr Shohail Khan Hashmi said a strict monitoring and evaluation system had been devised to ensure regulations of the council in imparting medical education through well-established institutions. However, he added, legislation in the PMDC Ordinance 1962 was imperative to stop the growth of private medical institutions and ensure quality education.

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