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PMC Established to Improve Medical Practice: Zafar Mirza

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr. Zafar Mirza said Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has been established to improve medical education and practice to the level of international standards.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday, Dr Mirza said PMC will provide a better mechanism for medical licensing, education and examination system.

The Special Assistant said Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) was inefficient to match the pace of medical developments in the world.

Elaborating working of newly established commission, he said: “PMC will consist of three sections which are PMDC, National Medical and Dental Academic Board (NMDB) and National Medical Authority (NMA).”

“PMDC will devise policies whereas NMDB will be responsible to set up standards for licensing, medical education and examinations,” he said, adding: “NMA will run a mechanism to implement policies and decisions.”

Dr Zafar Mirza said one entry test for medical colleges will be held across the country. “Doctors will have to pass National Licensing Examination (NLE) to start their medical practice,” Zafar Mirza said.

He said first NLE will be introduced after March, 2020 to facilitate doctors.

“PMC Ordinance 2019 will also be laid before parliament in form of a bill,” he concluded.