CPSP accused of overcharging
LAHORE: A group of doctors, headed by Dr Saeed Elahi, has accused the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) of overcharging trainee doctors and compelling them to find jobs abroad.
In a press statement released on Sunday, they said the CPSP was charging too much in fees for examination and registration of post graduate trainee doctors. They said this was pricing poor students out of the system and forcing several doctors to go abroad to find jobs.
“Already hundreds of highly trained and educated doctors have left the country to find their fortune in different parts of the world and a severe shortage of specialists has occurred in Pakistan,” it said. They charged the CPSP with “illegally extracting” thousands of rupees from candidates and removing them from training programmes if they didn’t pay. “For example, the candidates of II gynaecology/obstetrics were recently asked to pay Rs 25,000 for a distance learning programme and warned that in case of non-payment by January 16, their training would be discontinued.”
The doctors also alleged that CPSP funds were being misused. They asked the government to investigate the CPSP.