Inoperative status of PM and DC: SC summons federal secretary health (Business Recorder (Pakistan))

The Supreme Court on Tuesday summoned federal secretary health and issued a notice to the Attorney General for Pakistan over the current inoperative status of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM and DC) for August 26 (today). Taking up the matter, a three-judge bench led by the Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja expressed dismay over the authorities concerned saying the PM and DC being apex regulatory body for medical and dental education in the country is non functional for one and half years.

He remarked that medical students were facing trouble after securing their degrees, adding that the non-functional PM and DC since long is not getting them registered as medical practitioners. The Chief Justice also observed that uncertainty and insecurity prevails among the students whereas the authorities concerned failed to produce any record in the current matter before the court.

Justice Khawaja said that the government has put the nation in agony and it is irony of the fate that people with high status have opportunity to go abroad for medical treatment. However, a member of the bench Justice Dost Mohammad Khan remarked that until and unless the government should clamp ban on the high-ups treatment abroad things shall not take the right direction. Hearing of the matter was adjourned till August 26.