CPSP Blames Punjab Govt For Not Seeking Nealthcare Help
THE College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) has blamed the provincial government for not consulting it for seeking guidance and assistance to provide quality healthcare to the people at their doorstep in the province.
“The CPSP has time and again offered provincial government its expert guidance and under training doctors to provide health services to the people in the periphery areas across the province,” said Prof Dr Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, CPSP president, while addressing annual press conference here at the CPSP Lahore (Provincial) Centre on Tuesday.
CPSP Lahore Centre Regional Director Prof Khalid Masood Gondal and CPSP councillors were also present. “The CPSP is ready not only for advisory role but also to provide every kind of support to the government if it desires so,” Prof Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said. He said the CPSP could ensure provision of round the clock healthcare to the people in peripheral areas across the province. The CPSP will rotate its FCPS trainees on four or six months’ mandatory stint in far-flung districts as part of its training course and serve the people of the remote areas without a major shake-up in health sector or allocation of huge budget for the purpose. He said the doctors couldn’t be forced to serve in remote areas for an indefinite period of time but they could serve voluntarily for a short period of time on rotation basis. “The government only needs to provide a single accommodation for this purpose,” he added.
The CPSP president said the government should, to start with, launch a pilot project with 10 districts, where CPSP’s under-training doctors would provide healthcare to the people of those areas. It will also help in many ways, he said and explained that the doctors would collect data of diseases of that particular area and provide it to the Planning and Development Department in order to devise planning and allocate resources to combat diseases in an effective way. “It will also prevent the loss of resources as well,” he added.
Prof Zafar Ullah said the shortage of specialist doctors was more evident as there were only 23,000 specialists to provide specialised treatment to more than 172 million people in the country. “The CPSP doesn’t support brain drain of specialised human resource however it does facilitate trained doctors to go abroad for a short period of two years and then come back and serve the people of this country,” he said, adding that the CPSP had noted 100 per cent ratio of doctors returning to Pakistan. “As a matter of fact no doctor should go abroad in existing circumstances,” he said but added that the doctors, who had gone abroad and returned, did bring latest technology with them for the ultimate benefit of the patients in the country.
To a question regarding Saudi Arabia’s act of employing Pakistani doctors on lucrative packages, he said that the CPSP was not responsible for those doctors who were sent as a result of government-to-government agreement or through any other agency or on their own behalf. “This trend has gained currency because of lack of respectable employment to the doctors in the country,” he added.
To another question of CPSP’s silence over growing incidence of indiscipline, strikes and closures of emergency and outdoor wards in hospitals, Prof Zafar Ullah said the CPSP would definitely take action on the complaint of institution or hospital concerned. “The CPSP cannot simply barge into the hospitals to nab the culprits because it doesn’t have any administrative role in those institutions,” he said.