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Sindh finalises draft to set its own Medical and Dental Council

Karachi: Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho recently announced the establishment of the Sindh Medical and Dental Council. A draft law establishing the SMDC has been prepared. The final opinion will be sought from the law department on the proposed law.

The bill establishing the council will be passed by the Assembly within three months.

“Sindh had repeatedly expressed concerns over the formation of the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC),” said Dr Pechuho.

“Other provinces also have reservations over the PMC,” she added.

The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had been dissolved and replaced by the Pakistan Medical Commission through a presidential ordinance in October last year.

In February, the Islamabad High Court had termed the decision to dissolve the PMDC null and void. However, in September the federal government had passed the Pakistan Medical Commission Act 2020 despite widespread protests by doctors and medical students in the country.

-MN Report

October 21, 2020

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