The Ministry of Health has been suggested by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) that two medical colleges need to be closed.
The colleges are:
- The Abbottabad International Medical College (AIMC)
- The Jinnah Medical College (JMC)—Peshawar
Prof. Dr. Shabir Lehri—President PMDC, informed that PMDC has taken the decision on the basis of the unanimous recommendation of all the inspectors relating the closure of the two colleges. He also said that an instant action should be taken for shutting down the said institutes and the federal government would also be asked to de-notify the colleges. He added a scheme would be drafted to adjust the students of the affected colleges within a week by a Committee formed by the council.
Prod. Dr. Lehri added that this initiative is a part of the crackdown on the private medical colleges who are providing poor facilities and are not abiding the criteria set by PMDC.
The detailed inspection reports presented to the council includes the gross deficiencies that AIMC has got.
The attached teaching hospital was at a distance of 48.6 kilometers from the medical college, which takes an hour to reach the affiliated hospital from the college, this was a significant violation of the rules set by PMDC.
The college was briefed about the shortcomings and was given a six-month deadline by the committee, but even after the rectification time provided the deficiencies are still there.
JMC—Peshawar has also been suggested for closing for not even meeting the minimum standards of PMDC.
Furthermore, the seat allowance of hundred seats to Pak International Medical College in Peshawar has been reduced to fifty for MBBS after the suggestions of the inspection team were considered.