Breach of oath by Dr Afridi
THIS is apropos of Dr Shakil Afridi’s conviction. Based on evidence in the public domain, it is obvious that the doctor committed a breach of Hippocratic oath and medical malpractice by running a fake vaccination campaign that included collecting biological samples without informed consent, conducting and/or facilitating DNA testing and shipping biological materials abroad without lawful authorisation.
It is ironical that the conviction is being debated but there has been no public debate or state cognisance of the actual abuse of medical care and medical malpractice. The doctor’s conduct in this fake vaccination campaign has greatly tarnished the ethical standards of medical practice in Pakistan around the world, brought Pakistani doctors and healthcare system into disrepute and undermined the public trust in mass vaccination and public health programmes.
Will the PMDC etc take cognizance of this breach of the Hippocratic oath and medical malpractice under the relevant rules