It has been a long time that I have not written a blog. Each day, I think of something and something comes up. Or may be its a simple procrastination. I hope InshAllah I will be sharing some of the experience about the COVID19 and getting locked down.

However, to day is something exceptional that I read and could not resist myself to share my thoughts.

Some of us may not know what it means by the idiom, “Tail wagging the dog,” should read this. Our Pakistani society seems to be dragged into this consciously (or maybe unconscious).  The case over here is regarding admission in medical colleges, especially in Sindh.  Today, while enjoying my tea-coffee combination and reading the newspaper, I came across this exciting news.

There is now a discussion that all the illnesses of flawed government health care system is actually “non-availability of the doctors.  This will be more so this year as the PMC  It appears that several aspirants (or to be precise) the applicants for the MBBS have failed in the entry test called MDCAT.  Many explanations are being given, and justifications have been offered as to why so many failed and why the girls have excelled.  Above all, if all the girls get admission, then many may not practice after their graduation.  So the ultimate blame is that MDCAT test.

The most surprising part is that it comes from the medical fraternity who should be safeguarding and improving the quality of “products”  from the medical colleges, especially the ‘private medical colleges’.   Back in 1973, I do distinctly remember when I was getting admission to medical college.  There was a big protest for increasing the number of seats from 150 to almost something like 350-400 in the public sector medical college.  Though it was raised due to different reasons, the then health minister had predicted that in the future, the doctors will be selling their skills on a cart!!.  This was meant about the quantity that would be produced and, of course, the quality going down.  I had once asked about the quality of young graduates from my mentor Prof Ghaffar Billoo. I can not forget his reply.   The number of good qualified graduates is still the same, and if one plots them on the graphs, previously, it was a normal bell-shaped graph, now it is a graph which is skewed towards left, with proportionately few having the high quality.

Can we as a society claim to afford this approach of getting high-quality doctors?  Perhaps some of us, who can afford to seek services from the “highly qualified” doctors, but the majority may be the victims of the lot having compromised quality.  I understand that some of the readers may not like or agree to my comments, but let us all leave in reality.  We all are not only corrupt in financial terms, but also in moral terms. It’s high time that we wake up and call our house in order.

1 Comment

  1. Well written piece indeed. I, however, strongly feel that the Entrance Test and well-designed interviews, if appropriately executed will ensure quality selection. Males will also have to work hard to be selected versus females. Is there any other alternative to resolve this issue!


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