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Event Title: Senator Muhammad Hamayun Mohmand, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Presiding over a Meeting of the Committee at Parliament House Islamabad

Event Date: 2022-09-28

Meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held here at Parliament House on Wednesday with Senator Dr.Muhammad Humayun Mohmand in Chair.

The majority members of Senate body rejected the amendments moved by Senator Dilawar Khan,Senator Faisal Saleem Rehman and Senator Palwasha Mohammad Zai Khan regarding the Bill titled "Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Bill, 2022"  stating that bill cannot be amended once it is passed by the Committee and further amendments can only be done by the House.

Moreover, consideration of the Bill titled "Prime University of Nursing Sciences Technology Islamabad,2022" was deferred till next meeting owing to absence of HEC officials.

Addition to that, Senate committee deliberated on the Bill titled"Pakistan Pharmacy (Amendment) Bill,2022" in detail. Secretary NHSRC told that a committee consisting of pharmaceutical stakeholders and experts has been formed to review the bill and it will also be presented before Pharmacy Council of Pakistan for consideration in October 2022. The Chair recommended the ministry to present their stance on the bill in the next meeting.
The committee also discussed the issues confronting Pharmacy Technician Institutes regarding the conduction of student's exams and registration in Pharmacy Council. Officials of Pharmacy Technician Institutes appreciated the efforts of ministry in conducting the exams of 40,000 students and demanded that a schedule for the whole calendar year shall be drafted. Senator Dr. Humayun Mohmand advised the ministry to extend cooperation with institutes for the said purpose.

While deliberating on the issues faced by foreign medical graduates, Senator Dr. Humayun Mohmand stated that PMC should help students in getting house jobs who have passed the NLE exams. Representative of foreign medical graduates apprised the committee that under the PMC act NEB was licensing exam but after the passage of PMDC act the NEB has been replaced by NLE and students who passed the NEB exam  have been asked to pass the NLE exam. The Chair recommended the Pakistan medical council to address the issues of graduates of foreign institutions and stressed that role of PMC is of facilitation, PMC should not create hurdles.

Meeting was attended by Senator Fawzia Arshad,Senator Sana Jamali,Senator Dilawar Khan, Senator Rubina Khalid,Senator Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar,Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi, Senator Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen,Senator Saleem Mandviwalla,Senator Faisal Saleem Rehman, Secretary NHSRC Mirza Nasir ud din Mashhood Ahmad and other concerned officers were also in attendance.