Meeting 2009

Patel hospital served as the host for meetings of 2009.
In Feburary 2009, Dr Turab Pishori was invited to talk about medical error and negligence and proposed measures to deal with it as it is becoming an issue of major concern for health care individuals.
The agenda item carried forward from 2008 was that of combined PMA- KBG session on "display of violence on media". A seminar was organized on 7th March 2009 at PMA house which included presentations by press and media individual including Ms Zubaida Mustafa, Mr Ghazi Salahuddin and Mr Ehfazur Rehman, psychiatrist Dr Ehsan ullahand lawyer Mr Daniyal Muzzaffer. DG PEMRA was invited but was unable to attend. This session was followed by a meeting with DG PEMRA along with Mr Tahir Khan in which KBG and PMA forwarded written down suggestions for dealing with the issue.
In June 2009, Dr Arshi Farooqui educated the group about use of residual biological tissue in clinical practice and research and introduced the group to the idea of therapeutic misconception and power dynamics in the field of health care provision.
Another agenda item of 2008 was PPI guidelines and the working group was able to develop guidelines after a process of literature review, input from individuals of different local institutions involved in this interaction, presentation to the larger group of KBG and finally launch on 26th November 2009 at Patel Hospital as a part of its ten year celebrations. Plan is to follow it up with application at institutional level, presentations in medical conferences and recommendation to bodies like PMDC, National bioethics committee and health ministry.
Another achievement of 2009 was a signature campaign on the case of flogging of a teenage girl in Swat. KBG issued a press release and obtained about 900 signatures from individuals belonging to different walks of life condemning the incident. This was forwarded to Chief Justice of Pakistan.