ISLAMABAD - Taking decisions on various negligence cases, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) Thursday suspended the registration of six doctors for different time periods and issued warning to seven medical practitioners.

The disciplinary committee of PM&DC suspended the registration of a doctor, Amir Shahzad, banning him from medical practice forever for having forged FSc. degree. According to the committee, Amir Shahzad was having medical degree from abroad but his FSc certificate was declared fake by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) on verification so he was stopped to continue his practice and his registration with PM&DC was also suspended completely.

The disciplinary committee suspended the registration of another five doctors for three and six months including Dr Faiz Rasool of Faiz Eye & Diabetic Centre, Rawalpindi, due to wrong eye operation, Dr Ali Raza and Dr Rawat Shah of DHQ Hospital Nowshera for negligence in treating a cardiac patient, Dr Raja Sadaqat Mahmood of THQ Hospital Kahuta, Rawalpindi, for letting his technicians to treat patients. While the registration of Dr Ghazala Akram (gynaecologist) at City Hospital Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, has been suspended for three months for leaving sponge inside the abdomen during a delivery case.

The committee also decided to censure (final warning) five doctors including Dr Zahid, Dr Fatima and Dr Farhana Azhar of Fatima Hospital, Wah Cantt, for negligence in a delivery case, Dr Inayat Ullah of Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, for negligence in neurosurgery case, Dr Ejaz Ahmad Khan of Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, for negligence in diagnosis of an appendix operation case, Dr Taqdees Naqash, Dr Sehrish Gul and Dr Abdullah Ali Lashari of Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, for negligence during delivery, Dr Raza Ahmed Gorsi of Cardiac Centre, Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, for using PM&DC unregistered additional qualification with his name.

The committee also directed Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, to improve their treatment procedure and healthcare system and issued warnings to its two doctors including Dr Faridullah for negligence with a cardiac patient and Dr Inayatullah for negligence in the surgery & metopic synostosis and forehead deformity.

The Committee also decided the case of Dr Tahir Chaudhry from Rawalpindi who was taking postgraduate trainee stipend and salary from two different government hospitals at the same time, which was against the law so the Committee decided that Dr Tahir would return all the amount of stipend to the hospital.

The cases were referred to the Council by Supreme Court, different departments and by direct complaints for verification. Many are still under verification process including the cases of army health officials who were sent abroad under scholarship programmes but never came back, informed Hina Shaukat, PMDC Public Relation Officer.

The meeting of the Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Dr. Asim Hussaain ,others who attended include: Justice Gulam Rabbani (member), Prof. Dr. Musadiq Khan (Experts), Prof. Dr. Ghuzala Mehmood (Experts),Prof. Dr. Naseem Ullah (Experts), Prof. Dr. Khaliq Uzaman(Experts), Prof. Dr. Arif (Experts), Dr. Ali Gohar Zamir (Experts), Prof. Dr. Ali Raza (Experts), Dr.Khurshid Naseem (Experts),Prof. Dr. Hafiz Ullah (Experts), Dr. Raja Amjad Mehmood, PMDC Registrar, Dr. Rashid Anjum, Deputy Registrar, Sara Rubab Nasir, Chief Legal Officer.

Dr Asim Hussain, Chairman Disciplinary Committee, said all doctors have been directed to display their PM&DC registration certificates prominently at the place of practice and if any doctor is reported to have carried out any specialised, procedures for which he/ she doesn't have required additional qualification he/ she shall be liable to be proceeded against as per law which may result in suspension/ cancellation of his/ her licence to practice altogether.

He explained that 'complaint can be made by any person or body in writing on a stamp paper attested by a magistrate addressed to the registrar, and shall contain that grounds of complaint and shall preferably be accompanied by one or more declarations of witnesses as to the facts of the case. Only the condition of magisterial attestation shall be exempted in case of a government department.' Complaint can also be sent through ethical committee of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA).