Senate Committee Defers Pakistan’s Psychological Bill


by Naba Batool

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On Thursday The Pakistan Psychological Council Bill was unanimously rejected by the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services. This was major because of the fact that both houses have already passed the Allied Health Professional Council Bill and suggested counseling was also included in it.

The Health Ministry official also said that four MRI machines and their procuration will commence even though the procurement bill is restricted. The committee also discussed the matters of issuing a show-cause notice to all those doctors that have been practicing something that they haven’t been specialized in. This meeting was presided by Dr. Mohammad Humayun Mohmand at the Parliament House.

The meeting further went on to discuss that PMC has received various complaints regarding aesthetic practitioners but so far the examinations have led to eleven practitioners out of which four are technicians and do not fall under the belt of PMC.

Dr. Zarqa who was reporting the issue addressed that PMC has yet to take any actions against this matter. The Chairman then asked the PMC to take a strict look at the course of events and to provide detailed know-how of such matters. PMC was also directed to brief about these raised issues in the next meeting.


On the procurement of MRI machines, the ministry and the chairman both agreed to give it a green light but those machines are to be ordered that have fewer specifications.

This senator's meeting which confirmed a lot of things regarding health issues in Pakistan was attended by some of the prominent names such as Senator Fawzia Arshad, Senator Sardar Mohammad Shafiq Tareen, Senator Khalida Ateeb, Senator Anwarul Haq, and Dr. Faisal Sultan.

It was also communicated by the Ministry of Health Sciences that Pakistan has also successfully administered almost 200 million COVID-19 vaccination doses which is a testament to the tireless efforts of the Government and active public participation.