Punjab

CJP conducts snap check of Lahore hospitals, medical college

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday vowed to ensure uniform fee structure for all medical and dental institutions in the country, and quality education to produce competent medical practitioners.
Hearing a suo motu notice against the excessive fee structure of private medical colleges, the chief justice observed that the court would not allow institutions to rip off students. The chief justice heads the three-judge bench hearing the case; the other two members are Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan.
CJ Nisar pointed out that a senior doctor had once told him that Pakistan’s medical institutions were producing doctors who did not even know how to check a patient’s blood pressure.
“What we are going to give our posterity?” he asked representatives of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and other officials of the health sector.
The chief justice accepted a suggestion by the court’s amicus curiae Advocate Ayesha Hamid, and ordered an audit of all private medical and dental colleges by the chartered accountancy firm, AF Ferguson, to examine if the fee charged by these institutions matched their expenditures.