Islamabad (April 10, 2011): Paramedics all over the country have opposed the draft of All Pakistan Allied Health Professional Council Act 2011, saying that it does not meet their demands besides not keeping their separate identity.
“The name of Allied Health professionals Council will not be acceptable to the paramedics working in federal government hospitals in the country rather we prefer to see our identity separately in an individual forum,” the All Pakistan Paramedical Staff Federation in a letter addressed to the Ministry of Health said.
The paramedics working in federal government hospitals in their charter of demands has called for constitution of All Pakistan Paramedics Association Council (APPAC) on the pattern of doctors councils and nursing council.
“In case hospital paramedics are merged with other non paramedics, the identity of the hospital paramedics will not be known and their interests can also not be safeguarded,” general secretary of All Pakistan Paramedical Staff Federation Muhammad Arshad Khan said.
The Society of Medical Technologists Pakistan, Pakistan Paramedical Staff Association, Paramedics Association Sindh and other representative organisations of paramedics have also rejected the draft Act of All Pakistan Allied Health Professionals Council. “We request change of the nomenclature to Pakistan Paramedical Council like Pakistan Nursing Council, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and Pakistan Homeopathic Council,” they said in separate letters sent to the ministry.
It may be pointed out here that the Ministry of Health last month announced a new service structure for paramedics allowing their promotion up to BPS-17. “Only those employees can become member of the Paramedical Council, who will benefit from the new service structure,” Muhammad Arshad Khan said.
He said the paramedics have always performed service in health delivery even in difficult condition like during 2005 earthquake and last year’s heavy floods. “The constitution of a paramedics council will help in promotion of paramedical technology and their higher education,” he said.
He said the paramedical staff federation has also sent a draft act to the ministry for establishment of a paramedical council.
(Published in “Daily TheNews” on Monday, April 11, 2011)