SHC&ME to monitor doctors’ foreign trips

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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