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Event Title: Senator Mrs. Rubina Khalid, Convener Sub-Committee of The Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination presiding over a Meeting of The Sub-Committee at Parliament House Islamabad

Event Date: 2023-12-15

The Sub Committee of the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination convened today at Parliament House, chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid. The focus of the meeting was the scrutiny of institutions affiliated with the Pakistan Nursing Council, their ties with hospitals, and the issuance of fraudulent degrees/certificates to nurses. The committee issued recommendations for enhancing the standards of nursing institutions.

The convener expressed concern about the absence of the Secretary and Health Minister during the meeting.

The committee was briefed that minimum clinical hours for nursing students have been increased, a step applauded by the subcommittee. Senator Rubina Khalid raised the issue of accrediting nursing education institutions that do not meet the necessary criteria. The convener directed the Pakistan Nursing and Midwifery Council to identify officials responsible for licensing non-compliant colleges, recommending an urgent inquiry by the FIA. The committee also proposed revision of the nursing education curriculum in Pakistan and stressed the importance of instilling ethics in nursing students. Additionally, the committee suggested at least one week-long training sessions for inspectors and the inclusion of competent nurses in the Council's accreditation committee. The sub-committee further recommended that every nursing college should have affiliation with a 250-bed hospital.

The committee welcomed the newly appointed president of the Pakistan Nursing and Midwifery Council, urging active pursuit of pending issues. They expressed support for the new president and anticipated improved standards in nursing.

Addressing the matter of MSN-qualified nurses with degrees from foreign institutions through online study, the committee listened to representatives highlighting the non-recognition of their degrees by the Council and HEC. The committee directed both entities to collaborate closely to resolve the issues faced by these affected nurses.
 

The committee meeting was attended by Senator Prof Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, officials from the Ministry of Health, and PNMC.