The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has imposed a moratorium on establishment of new medical and dental colleges in order to enhance and maintain the standards of existing medical and dental colleges.
According to PMDC, 128 colleges are currently functioning in the country and the council has taken this decision keeping in mind the “gross deficiency of teaching faculty in the existing medical and dental institutions”.
According to the record of PMDC, the number of faculty members available is only 10,846 and the institutions require 4,343 more faculty members.
Talking to reporters, PMDC President Professor Dr Masood Hameed said the latest decision of imposing the moratorium was taken by the executive committee of the council to improve the standard of medical education. He said that PMDC has renewed the registration of 101,802 medical practitioners and 9,614 dental practitioners. More than 9,000 letters have been written to doctors having invalid registrations for validation of their registration certificates, he added.