PMDC harassing foreign qualified doctors

ISLAMABAD - Victimisation of foreign qualified doctors by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) continues as the Council has kept the students who had failed in the Registered Medical practitioners examinations held in June 2010 in the dark about the next examination datasheet. Earlier in June 2010, more than 500 students appeared in the Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP) exams and only 18 were declared successful. This was termed the lowest passing percentage of candidates in the history of the aforesaid examination. The exam was held on June 20, 2010 and the result was declared right after five days, in unusual haste, which also made the entire affair quite suspicious. Now the unfortunate students are desperately waiting for the next examination date sheet whereas the Council has kept mum and students are running from pillar to post in order to get the exact information in this regard. While talking to TheNation one of the aggrieved students informed that the council is bound to inform the students one month earlier before the examination and after passage of almost four months of RMP exam they have been not informed about the next exams date, which is suppose to be held in by the end of October or November. Interestingly, the Council does not inform the student through dispatching letter at their addresses, it publish a attention notice in any of the newspaper to inform students about the examination date. The RMP exam is held by annually, but last year due to the administrative mismanagement on the part of the Council the exam was taken once - due to which hundreds of students remained from appearing in the exams and had to wait till next year the student further informed. According to details, hundreds of students who acquired medical degrees from different countries, including China, Russia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and other adjoining countries, are bound to clear the RMP exam in order to start medical practice in Pakistan. When the Registrar Pakistan Medical and Dental council, Dr Ahmad Nadeem Akbar was contacted, he was not available despite several attempts.

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