The Sindh government spokesman said on Saturday that the federal government does not have the necessary resources to run the three Karachi public hospitals taken over by the Center.
Holding a press conference at the provincial assembly, Attorney Murtaza Wahab denounced the federal government’s move to form a regulatory body to run the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and the National Institute of Children’s Health (NICH).
“Is this the time to give people relief or to gain control [of the three hospitals]? Instead of providing assistance to health workers, they were annoyed. “
Wahab said the repetition of budgets and staff salaries at the three hospitals would likely be a problematic problem for the Center. He added that until now, the provincial government had met all the costs incurred for the three hospitals.
He said that patients not only from Sindh but also from all over Pakistan visited this hospital for free medical services. He added that the provincial government had provided Rs3.42 billion to JPMC in the current fiscal year and Rs3.8 billion to the NICVD.
He pointed out that the three hospitals have received a total of Rs12 billion from the Sindh government while the federal government has not paid them anything despite plans to take over them.
“The prime minister has just started handing out health cards, while we have been providing expensive free care since the last few years.”
Wahab said that minutes of the federal cabinet meeting held on July 2, 2019 proved that the Center was unable to meet the costs of the hospital, so their control had to be returned to Sindh.
He said the provincial government had issued its own budget to serve the federation. He also mentioned a top judicial decision, according to which the Sindh government needed to pay back the costs incurred to run the hospital.
He urged the federal government to immediately revoke the notice announcing the creation of a governing body to run the three hospitals so that the Sindh government continues to run the health facilities. He gave an example, the withdrawal of the notification was in the interest of the state.
On Thursday federal and Sindh government officials said the Center had started the process of taking over the JPMC, NICVD and NICH by establishing an independent board of governors (BoG) under the Medical Teaching Act.
“The federal government has begun the process of taking over JPMC, NICVD and NICH by establishing a board of governors through the controversial Medical Teaching Ordinance. They have asked two names from me, but I don’t want to propose names because that means I have agreed to hand over this institution to them, “Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho said while speaking with The News in his office.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Health Dr Faisal Sultan also confirmed that they were in the process of forming an independent board of governors to run these institutions, saying that he had approached the provincial health minister to seek the name of the council.
“I have asked her name as well for the board. We will place appropriate and uncontroversial professionals [in these boards], “Said Dr. The Sultan was asked why they were accused of appointing people who were not from Karachi and had no experience running a health institution to the BoG.
But Sindh’s health minister is not satisfied with the federal takeover of Karachi’s main health facilities. He said federal health authorities had not approached the provincial health department to officially take over the hospital, even though they visited “JPMC and NICVD 10, 10 times”, and then only asked him to propose two names for the Board of Commissioners. “It never happened like this. Why would they run this facility with people sitting in Islamabad and monitoring service delivery in Karachi? In fact, they were afraid of being insulted by the court so they started the takeover process hastily, ”he said, adding that it was a futile exercise and would result in suffering for the people of Karachi, other cities in Sindh and all of Pakistan.
He claims that non-medical people are appointed to run this hospital, which is not the way to deal with and improve the delivery of tertiary care health facilities. “They asked to send two of our men to Islamabad to be part of their council, which will oversee the performance and functioning of this facility from there, which is impossible.”
Claiming that the Supreme Court has directed the federal government to reimburse all the expenses the Sindh government has incurred on these institutions since 2011, Dr Pechuho said that there were several problems, including Jinnah Sindh’s employee service structure and Medical status. Universities, which had to be completed before the takeover of these institutions by the Center.
Responding to questions, he said the federal government would send new management to run these agencies after completing their implementation, but that it would have a negative impact on the service delivery of these agencies.
Concerned that the provision of services by these three health facilities would deteriorate after the federal takeover, he said he had seen the performance of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and the Islamabad Poly Clinic as well as several health facilities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and those institutions. bill people for laboratories, investigation and radiology services, and burden the country’s poor.
“Since PTI [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf] in power, poverty is skyrocketing and people now can’t buy food in this country. In these circumstances, making health care unaffordable and starting to charge people fees would be a serious offense. “
Dr Pechuho said that after the provincial government took over the hospital, they had introduced state-of-the-art radiology services, cyber knives, PET scanning and other facilities at JPMC, while NICVD was turned into a chain of dozens complementing separate cardiac care facilities, and NICH also underwent a complete transformation. .
“This process will not only stop but will also begin to reverse through the exercise of federal government controls, which have failed in the past as well,” the health minister added.