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Can we welcome the returning medical doctors?

There are practically 226,000 medical doctors in Pakistan, as per the survey carried out by the Ministry of Finance in 2017-18. Funnily sufficient, there are round 122,000 medical doctors registered with the Pakistan Medical Fee (PMC), as per its latest information. A few of these could also be registered right here, however nonetheless practising overseas. In any case, for a inhabitants of over 220 million, the numbers imply there’s on the most one physician for each 1,000 sufferers on a mean.

In a scenario like this, one other vital issue within the equation is the variety of medical doctors transferring overseas for the promise of thrice the wage, higher life and higher work-life steadiness. Social media tendencies are positively taking part in a significant position. They see their colleagues, who began similtaneously they did, however after what looks like a brief span, they’re manner forward of them in monetary phrases with a excessive feel-good issue about their lives. Those who don’t depart principally find yourself questioning why they by no means considered such an choice.

In such a state of affairs, the medical doctors who had left the nation and now need to return characterize a key group. The first pull pressure is nearly all the time household or mother and father, adopted carefully by tradition and faith. These for whom the second set of causes is major typically go to the Center East for apparent causes. Beneath these circumstances, the percentages are by no means in our favour. All that we are able to hope to do is to optimise using those that return for household causes. Do we’ve a plan to do this? Hardly.

We’re dropping a chief useful resource that we acquired after investing tens of millions of rupees. I’m positive it isn’t confined to medical doctors alone. We’re dropping principally nearly each skilled who can and needs to depart.

Whereas transferring again to Pakistan, we have been questioned by our family and friends what we’d do there. We felt and nonetheless really feel all eyes have been and are on us; whether or not we succeed right here or fail will assist many others make this important choice.

Most Pakistani medical doctors have an intense need to come back again to the nation of their origin, and to their mother and father. They need to present their kids the love, household and cultural values they skilled of their youthful days.

Cash isn’t going to be the rationale for medical doctors to return to Pakistan. Not as a result of they don’t need it or want it, however as a result of they have been, and are, making way more overseas. Those that return are reasonable sufficient to make the monetary compromise. But when the returning medical doctors can discover an establishment that respects the work they do and makes them really feel welcome, they’re greater than glad. As soon as the variety of ‘glad repatriates’ grows, others will come again in numbers. However the million-dollar query is: will Pakistan welcome these natives?

DR RUBIA USMAN

ISLAMABAD

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