Karachi: Secretary General Pakistan Medical Association PMA Centre Dr Mirza Ali Azhar on Monday said Pakistan Medical and Dental Council PMDC is a regulatory body to look after the issues of medical education and registration of medical institutions in country He, however, alleged that it has become a battle ground for political vested interest groups and a hub of corruption.
He expressed these views while addressing a press conference at PMA House here. Treasurer PMA Center Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad, Joint Secretary PMA Center Dr Illahi Bux Baloch, President PMA Karachi Dr Idrees Adhi and Dr Qazi M Wasiq were also present.
Dr Mirza Azhar said as per a bill passed in Sindh Assembly in 2013, no Vice Chancellor of any university can continue his services after completing two consecutive terms, but the VC of Dow University of Health Sciences DUHS is not only running the affairs of DUHS ‘but he also got himself elected as President of PMDC through a dubious election’.
He said all medical universities have a disproportional representation in the PMDC. He said the representation from Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA, Azad Kashmir and ICT Islamabad is as equal as Punjab and Sindh, though there are no medical colleges in Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA. He informed that Balochistan has two and Azad Kashmir has three medical colleges out of 128 medical and dental colleges in Pakistan. He said total population of all these four places is equal to KPK. He said number of representatives in the PMDC is almost double then the British General Medical Council GMC, which is only 35.
He demanded that the representation in the PMDC should be reallocated, and should not be more than 4045 members and their election process should be transparent.
Dr Idrees Adhi said PMA is not against the private medical colleges and universities but the most of these institutions are not following the guidelines of PMDC. He said most of these private institutions do not have their own hospitals for the training of medical students and their faculty is also insufficient.
Dr Qazi M Wasiq said the issue of evening medical colleges was also related to financial corruption and some vested interests want to start evening classes in public sector medical colleges, but due to the timely action of Chief Minister of Sindh this scam was stopped.
Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad said according to the interim council ordinance 2013, adhoc PMDC body had no mandate to take policy decisions and give recognition to medical colleges, ‘but the illegal councillors of PMDC are overstepped their lawful domain and recognizing medical colleges illegally.’
The PMA leaders said PMA will never compromise on transparency and corrupt practices and urged the authorities to have a detailed audit of medical colleges recognized by PMDC, number of seats enhanced in some favorite medical colleges, very high fees being charged from the students, unlawful expansion, construction of the buildings and foreign visits by officials of PMDC.
The PMA demanded of the government to immediate remove what they claimed ‘illegal president of PMDC’, restructuring of PMDC, free and fair elections and proper representation from all provinces according to the decision of the Supreme Court, audit of all financial irregularities, and making the PMDC free of any political interference. They also demanded that all the public and private sector medical institutions should follow the rules and regulations of PMDC strictly without any leniency and favour.