ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has strongly condemned the decision of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) to allow the private medical colleges to raise their tuition fee by 20 per cent thus raising it to Rs 60,000 per annum. This is highly objectionable as the private medical colleges were already charging exorbitant fees.

The medical community has serious reservations about the dissolution of PMDC and considers it mala fide as it seems that the purpose of this has been to look after the interests of private medical colleges and not the doctors’ community as general. This has now become evident by this permission.

It called upon the PMDC to immediately take back this decision and urged the federal government to stop the transitional former committee of PMDC from taking important decisions in such an arbitrary fashion and leave such matters to the properly elected council.

PIMA also appealed to all doctors bodies to raise their voice against this ugly decision.

 ‘This is shameful as in a country where more than 50 percent of people live below the poverty line such high fees be charged for medical education’ it said condemning the apathy of the government and its lack of interest in protecting the rights of the people.