Their licences have been cancelled
The Pakistan Medical Commission has cancelled the licences of six Lahore-based doctors after declaring them responsible for the death of a three-year-old girl in 2009.
Eman Malik died during treatment at the Doctors Hospital and Medical Center in Lahore in 2009 and her family had blamed the doctors for her death.
On Monday, an 11-member PMC disciplinary committee declared the doctors and executive director responsible.
The doctors include Dr Sandeep Kumar, Dr Sabir, Dr Sanaullah, Dr Mubeen and Dr Inamullah.
Malik family has, however, said that cancelling the licences of the doctors is not enough. They should be arrested for this criminal negligence, said her family members.
Ahmed Malik, the child’s grandfather, said that the case went on for 11 years. The lives of many patients were put at risk because of the delay, he remarked.
The doctors faced zero accountability for their negligence. “Our institutions didn’t even know where the doctors were.”
The case was heard by the Supreme Court. The court instructed the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council to investigate the case.
In October 2019, President Dr Arif Alvi signed an ordinance that replaced the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council with the Pakistan Medical Commission as the country’s regulatory body for the medical sector.
The PMC comprises the Medical and Dental Council, the National Medical and Dental Academic Board, and the National Medical Authority, which acts as the Secretariat of the Commission.