SHC&ME to mon­i­tor doc­tors’ for­eign trips

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - MUHAM­MAD SULEMAN

LA­HORE—In a sur­prise move, Spe­cial­ized Health­care & Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (SHC&ME) De­part­ment has de­cided to strict mon­i­tor­ing of se­nior doc­tors re­gard­ing their for­eign trips and asked head of med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion to pro­vide Com­put­er­ized Na­tional Iden­tity Card (CNIC) Pass­port num­bers of the all doc­tors work­ing un­der their ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol as soon as pos­si­ble. SHC&ME de­part­ment has also im­posed ban on sum­mer va­ca­tions for med­i­cal fac­ulty and di­rected them to work as per their sched­ule while med­i­cal col­leges shall be closed from May 30 (To­day) only for stu­dents.

A source privy to this de­vel­op­ment in health de­part­ment said that the gov­ern­ment does not have any sys­tem to mon­i­tor for­eign vis­its of doc­tors; they of­ten use their in­flu­ence to take ex-Pak­istan leave and their head of in­sti­tu­tions usu­ally were un­aware about their hol­i­days. He said due to ab­sent of these se­nior medics patients care is badly ef­fected.

He said the gov­ern­ment don’t have any data that how many doc­tors have pass­port, some doc­tors re­join their du­ties in pub­lic hos­pi­tals af­ter serv­ing years in Gulf coun­tries and health de­part­ment re­mains un­aware about it.

He said phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies have also sig­nif­i­cant role about abroad trips of doc­tors. In all pub­lic hos­pi­tals in Pun­jab, med­i­cal reps are seen roam­ing from one ward to an­other with the con­ve­nience of em­ploy­ees from bot­tom to top he said, adding Ex sec­re­tary health Fawad hasen Fawad had banned the entry of med­i­cal reps but no one fol­low­ing these in­struc­tions. In Pak­istan in­duce­ments in­clude items like di­aries, calendars and ball­point pens to more ex­pen­sive ones like brief­cases, lap­tops, air-con­di­tion­ers and cars.

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