PMDC re­minds pri­vate med­i­cal hos­pi­tals long forgotten rule

Al­lo­ca­tion of 50pc free beds for poor pa­tients

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ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—In a late but right move, the Pak­istan Med­i­cal and Den­tal Coun­cil (PM&DC) has writ­ten let­ters to pri­vate med­i­cal/ den­tal col­leges to abide by the ex­ist­ing rule and the un­der­tak­ing they had given at the time of open­ing that they would al­lo­cate 50 per cent free beds in teach­ing hos­pi­tals for the poor.

The let­ters were writ­ten in the back­drop of re­ports that pri­vate teach­ing hos­pi­tals are not tak­ing the pa­tients who can­not af­ford their ex­penses. Not only these hos­pi­tals were turn­ing them out they were also mis­be­hav­ing those who by some ill chanced en­tered their premises and sought some con­ces­sion/com­pen­sa­tion in the treat­ment ex­penses.

The PMDC has directed the med­i­cal/ den­tal col­leges to dis­play posters and ban­ners at all the prom­i­nent places of h0spi­tals to in­form pa­tients of their ben­e­fits which in­cludes free emer­gency ser­vices, free beds and ad­mis­sions, free med­i­cal checkup, free op­er­a­tions and to pro­vide non prof­itable medicines and lab­o­ra­tory ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to a spokesper­son of the PMDC the let­ter has also been sent to the Min­is­ter for Na­tional Health Ser­vices Reg­u­la­tions, the Na­tional Health Ser­vices Reg­u­la­tions sec­re­tary and health sec­re­taries of the four prov­inces and Azad Jammu and Kash­mir.

“It has been ob­served that the pro­vi­sions con­tained in Clause 17(6) of Med­i­cal and Den­tal In­sti­tu­tions (recog­ni­tion, el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria for en­hance­ment in an­nual ad­mis­sions and ac­cred­i­ta­tion stan­dards) Reg­u­la­tions, 2012 is not be­ing im­ple­mented in true let­ter and spirit broadly vi­o­lated by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the pri­vate sec­tor med­i­cal/den­tal in­sti­tu­tions,” reads the let­ter dis­patched by PM&DC Act­ing Regis­trar Dr.Syed Azhar Ali Shah.

Quot­ing the rule, it says, “In teach­ing hospi­tal, 50 per cent of the beds shall op­er­ate free for ac­com­mo­da­tion and con­sul­ta­tion, while treat­ment ex­penses in­clud­ing lab­o­ra­tory ser­vices, medicines and sup­plies, if any, shall be charged from the pa­tients on a no-profit ba­sis.”

Ac­cord­ing to PM&DC, there are 60 pri­vate med­i­cal col­leges 32 den­tal col­leges. Ap­prox­i­mately 25000 beds and 1600 den­tal chairs will be of­fered to poor pa­tients. A num­ber of per­sons when con­tacted by Pak­istan Observer for com­ments ex­pressed their won­der and joy that such rule ex­isted. “If this rule alone is acted upon in let­ter and spirit and the pri­vate teach­ing hos­pi­tals open their doors for the poor and the de­serv­ing, per­for­mance of pub­lic sec­tor hos­pi­tals would also go up and they would be re­lieved of the aw­ful pres­sure they are un­der due to the over­whelm­ing num­ber of pa­tients daily.

“In PIMS alone, 5000 pa­tients visit daily the Out­pa­tient Depart­ment for treat­ment and cure. Un­for­tu­nately, half of them go unat­tended due to the long list of pa­tients al­ready there,” re­veals a re­port by the Fed­eral Om­buds­man re­leased last year. Sim­i­larly, the teach­ings hos­pi­tals would also earn a good name by pro­vid­ing free beds to the pa­tients, said a doc­tor of the PIMS. This is the only way to re­lieve the pub­lic sec­tor teach­ing hos­pi­tals of the bur­den and the PMDC should en­sure they fol­low the rule in let­ter and spirit, he said.

May 20

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