PMA appreciates regularisation of assistant professors


Welcoming Punjab health department’s move to regularise 360 assistant professors (AP) in medical colleges of the province, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) expressed on Sunday that APs should not be discriminated against based on the personal inclinations of health department officials. The PMA termed the regularisation of doctors, a result of its long struggle for doctors’ rights that started in 2003.
The Punjab chief minister approved the regularisation of these doctors in 2009. A release issued by the PMA stated that all appointments had been made in light of the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) directions. The office bearers of PMA said that the regularisation of these 360 doctors filled 95 percent of vacancies for APs in all medical institutions which led to an improvement of the health delivery system of the province.
The APs have been appointed in Aneasthesia, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Community Medicine, Dermatology, ENT, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Pediatrics Medicine, Pediatrics Cardiac Surgery, Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Tuberculosis and Chest, Urology, Forensic Medicine and Ophthalmology. The office bearers said that as a result of Lahore PMA’s efforts, the appointment orders of 400 senior registrars and 300 district specialists would also be issued by the provincial health department.
For further improvement of medical education in the country, PMA demanded to improve the teacher to student ratio, to establish a provincial regulatory body, to regulate private medical colleges and to appoint principals of public medical colleges on basis that ensure merit.