PMDC employees’ protest continues against council’s dissolution | Pakistan Today

PMDC employees’ protest continues against council’s dissolution

ISLAMABAD: The employees of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on Tuesday continued their protest against the dissolution of the council and establishment of Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC).

The protest was arranged on a call of PMDC Employees Movement, which also arranged a sit-in in front of the council’s headquarters to raise their voice against the decision of dissolving the body.

The speakers said they would continue their protest till fulfilment of their demands and urged the government to reserve its decision of dissolution of PMDC.

It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government has dissolved the existing body of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and established a new organization of Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) to regulate medical profession in the country.

According to an official of the ministry of national health services, a new ordinance titled Pakistan Medical Commission Ordinance 2019 has been signed in order to regulate and control the medical profession by establishing a uniform minimum standard of medical education and training and recognition of qualifications in medicine and dentistry.

He added that the current PMDC had to be dissolved for implementation of the new ordinance and the government had directed the temporary shutting down of the offices of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.

This would ensure the protection of the essential records and assets of PMDC while the offices would remain closed for one week, he added.

He said the PMC would be a body corporate consisting of the Medical and Dental Council, the National Medical and Dental Academic Board and the National Medical Authority, which would act as the secretariat of the commission.