Professionals in Pakistan argue over medical tourism

 

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has criticised College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) President Zafarullah Chaudhry for his plans to establish five medical colleges in the provincial capitals and Gilgit-Baltistan and asked his organisation to concentrate on training postgraduate doctors. Professor Chaudhry plans to establish five 250-bed hospitals and promote medical tourism in Pakistan.

PMA Karachi president Dr Shaukat Malik argues; "CPSP is a regulatory body for training and examining postgraduate doctors, not a company to run its hospitals for earning money. Postgraduate medical education is deteriorating in Pakistan so it is high time the CPSP concentrated on improving postgraduate medical education and training by enhancing its supervision at teaching hospitals. Nowhere in the world do regulatory and examining bodies of the postgraduate doctors run medical colleges and business ventures. We demand the CPSP refrain from such illogical and anti medical education steps.”

Professor Tipu Sultan adds. “The quality of medical education in Pakistan, especially higher education, is deteriorating and now European and other first world countries were reluctant to hire Pakistani doctors. But instead of improving the quality of higher education in medicine and surgery, the authorities were starting business ventures, which is ridiculous. Running hospitals is not the mandate of the CPSP and the PMA will not let it do that. We are striving for improvement of health and medical education in this country, but some people are trying their best to destroy them.”

The PMA leadership vows to stop the CPSP from taking decisions outside its mandate.

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