PML-N senior leader Ahsan Iqbal said on Saturday that the PTI government and Prime Minister Imran Khan is neglecting the issues of the healthcare sector, warning the government that it will soon start a “Punjab Bachao” movement.
The PML-N leader was speaking at a press conference where he said that after meeting and listening to the problems of the doctors across the country, he was quite concerned about the medical fraternity.
Criticising the promulgation of Pakistan Medical Commission Ordinance 2019, through which the government oversees the performance of the medical and dental practice in the country and formulates policies, Iqbal said his party will raise their voice against it in the parliament.
He said that the country is not only for the elite class and the government is on a spree to privatise healthcare facilities. “Pakistan is not for the rich only, it is for 22 crore Pakistanis, whose majority is living below poverty line courtesy Imran Khan,” he said.
Referring to his conversation with the Young Doctors Association members, he said that their concerns were well-founded and the government needs to look into their issues and resolve them. The PML-N leader said that 6,000 postgraduate doctors of the country, who have experience from public hospital practice, are not having their qualifications recognized by the current government.
Iqbal stressed that the 6,000 doctors’ credentials should be recognized and their licences issued so that they can serve in the public sector and in far-flung areas. He added that due to the pandemic, the country needs to fortify its healthcare system.
“10-12000 doctors with foreign degrees are also being left in limbo as their licences are not being cleared,” he said, calling it an act of ‘bureaucratic negligence’ by the government. The former minister said he feared that the current government will blithely worsen the issues of doctors and healthcare sector just as it did with the national airline PIA.