Admission to all private medical colleges all over Pakistan has been barred by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar headed a two-member bench at the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry against an increase in fees in private medical colleges and hospitals. He asked for details of private medical college’s fee structure and barred admission in medical colleges in Pakistan till further notice.
Chief Justice remarked that his current visit to the Mayo Hospital was disapproved but he maintains his stance that wherever there is a health issue, he will pay a visit. Moreover, he clarified that the Court is listening to public issues because of passion, not to heighten his personal glory.
Chief Justice Nisar asked for the bank account details of the medical college owners. He further said that the medical colleges are run on rooftops and garages. So these colleges are held accountable and the court should know about the proper structure, legal status and financial position of these colleges.
He added that “although we are producing doctors, we don’t know whether our tool is correct or not.”
Furthermore, the chief justice cleared that along with the private medical colleges’ fees case, clean drinking water case will also be heard.
It is good to see that our judiciary is hearing cases related to public interest. As a society, we need our departments to perform their duties for the overall growth and development of Pakistan.