SC directs PMDC to submit details of facilities to medical & dental colleges

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Islamabad—The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to submit details of facilities provided by medical and dental colleges and teaching hospitals. The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo-moto case over killing of 90 persons in a cardiology hospital in Lahore.
The court also issued notices to all four provincial Advocate Generals and sought assistance in this regard. The court also sought report regarding registration of patients in hospitals. During the course of proceedings, Dr. Athar Ali Shah Registrar PMDC appeared before the court and stated that 92 medical and dental colleges were working in the country. He said that the applications of 18 medical and dental colleges were under consideration for their registration.
He said that the Punjab government and PMDC had set criteria for admissions in colleges. He said that the council had directed the colleges to establish a 500-bed hospital for registration. On which Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that if these hospitals contain certain number of beds then there should be no shortage of beds for patients in hospitals.
Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that the court was not sitting here for speeches but it was hear to review the performance. The court also expressed annoyance over anomalies found in inspection reports of different hospitals. The court directed the government to submit province wise list of hospitals. The court directed the Advocate Generals to submit reports and adjourned hearing of the case for two weeks.
In another case the Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing of the case regarding elections of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chairman in the province of Sindh. The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the case filed by Muttahida Quomi Movement (MQM).
During the course of proceedings, Dr. Babar Awan counsel for Pakistan People Party (PPP) appeared before the bench and stated election with show of hands was necessary for fair elections. He said that in a by-election in Karachi a candidate who was contesting election on a ticket of a political party withdraws his candidature one day before the election.
Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked that political remained in power continuously but they did not do anything for election reforms.—APP

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