Sindh Government has announced that it will establish its own medical and dental council to regulated medical education. Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra said that Sindh Government has serious reservations over the establishment of the Pakistan Medical Commission in place of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.
Dr. Azra also confirmed that the Government is working on the draft of a bill. The bill will be presented in the provincial assembly very soon. "We wanted our provincial medical and dental council as a chapter of the federal council, but after the establishment of the PMC, no other option is left for us except to establish our own council to regulate medical and dental education in Sindh,” she said.
Dr Azra said that the introduction of a mandatory National Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test would prove to be a disaster for the students of the smaller provinces due to the differences in the curricula and systems of examinations while abolishing the condition of the domicile for admissions to private medical colleges. She said allowing private medical colleges to charge fees of their choice would make medical education unaffordable for students from middle- and lower-class families.
Claiming that education and testing was a provincial subject after the devolution of powers, she said the vice-chancellors and the registrars of provincial medical varsities had approached the high court on the issue of admissions to medical and dental colleges in Sindh. She hoped that the court would consider the reservations of the people, students, and the government.
Courtesy: The News