Sindh Medical College has Become University

The Sindh Medical College (SMC) was granted university status on Friday after the Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan signed the ordinance at Bilawal House, making it the third medical university in Karachi. The college formed in 1973, now the Sindh Medical University (SMU), started under the Sindh Health Department and was affiliated with the Karachi University and Dow Medical College. In December 2003, almost 30 years after its establishment, the college came under the Dow University. More than 10,000 students have reportedly graduated to this date from the SMC. The signing ceremony of the ordinance was attended by President Asif Ali Zardari, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Science’s vice chancellor Naushad Shaikh, Health…

Cardiac Specialists Running their Private Clinics inside the National Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases

National Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases

Cardiac specialists are fleecing poor patients by running their private clinics inside the National Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases (NICVD) using the public-run hospital’s premises and facilities, including operation theatres, for their private practice. The doctors are charging exorbitant fees for their unauthorised practice which the NICVD management terms its evening OPD. The Sindh Health Department, however, is helpless in nipping this practice as a group of doctors has reportedly refused to accept the authority of the Sindh government despite the fact that the NICVD, the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and the National Institute of Child Health stand devolved to the Sindh government under the 18th Amendment. After receiving a number of complaints that doctors,…