- Federal govt to run one Lahore and three Karachi hospitals by impartial board of governors, says Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan
- Federal well being authorities say the hospitals can be run by impartial boards of governors as per the Federal Medical Instructing Institutes Ordinance 2020
- A search and nomination council can be made to establish appropriate members for the boards of governors
KARACHI/ ISLAMABAD: The federal authorities can be taking monetary and administrative management of 4 main hospitals in Pakistan, of which three are in Karachi and one in Lahore.
Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Nationwide Institute of Cardiovascular Illnesses (NICVD) and Nationwide Institute of Little one Well being (NICH) are in Karachi and Shaikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute in Lahore.
Federal well being authorities say the hospitals can be run by impartial boards of governors as per the Federal Medical Instructing Institutes Ordinance 2020.
“As per the Supreme Courtroom of Pakistan’s directives, we have now no different alternative left however to imagine management of Karachi’s three main well being services and one in Lahore,” Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan told The News.
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He said no time frame can be given for the takeover, but the federal government has already allocated funds to run the hospitals in the current budget. He said the board will have experts from different fields.
The Federal Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination also issued a notification recently adding the four health facilities to the Schedule of Federal Medical Teaching Institutes Ordinance, 2020.
Sindh government rejects acquisition of hospitals
The Sindh government is not happy with this fresh effort of hospitals’ acquisition by the federal authorities.
Sindh government spokesperson Barrister Murtaza Wahab ruled out the possibility to hand over control of JPMC, NICVD and NICH to the Centre.
“These hospitals, including the NICVD and other two facilities, do not belong to anyone. These three hospitals have treated patients from all over Pakistan and have served the public for free with transparency. These three hospitals will remain with us,” Wahab said.
‘No politics’ behind acquisition, says federal government
Dr Sultan insisted that there was ‘no politics’ behind the fresh move by the federal government and reiterated that the federal authorities had no intention to disobey court orders and face contempt charges.
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“As you very well know that the employees of these institutions had approached the court, not us. The Supreme Court ordered in their favour and now it is our obligation to follow these orders,” he mentioned.
The boards of governors
A search and nomination council can be made to establish appropriate members for the boards of governors. It’s going to choose specialists from the fields of medical science, administration and finance.
“Most probably, members of boards of governors for these health facilities will be from Karachi and we will have no objection on the name of any competent person. There is a laid down criteria in the ordinance to select the head of institutions by these boards of governors,” Dr Sultan defined.