The federal government has no other choice but to take over financial and administrative control of Karachi’s three main health facilities – the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and the National Institute of Children’s Health (NICH) – and the Shaikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute. in Lahore and run it through an independent board of governors according to the Federal Medical Teaching Institutes Ordinance 2020, federal health authorities told The News on Wednesday.
“As per the direction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, we have no other choice but to take control of the three main Karachi health facilities and one in Lahore. No timeframe can be given on this, but we have allocated funds to run it in the current budget and we will do so by establishing an independent board of governors consisting of experts from various fields, ”Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan told The News on Wednesday.
The Federal Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination also issued a notice recently in which four health facilities, three in Karachi and one in Lahore, were added to the Schedule of the Federal Medical Teaching Institutions Ordinance, 2020.
The Sindh government has vehemently resisted new attempts at hospital acquisitions by federal authorities and its spokesman Barrister Murtaza Wahab ruled out the possibility of handing over control of JPMC, NICVD and NICH to the Center.
“This hospital, including the NICVD and two other facilities, doesn’t belong to anyone. These three hospitals have treated patients from all over Pakistan and have served the public free of charge with transparency. These three hospitals will remain with us, ”Wahab told reporters during a briefing when he was asked to comment on the issuance of a new federal notice regarding Karachi’s three main health facilities.
Commenting on the publication of the notice, Dr Sultan insisted there was “no politics” behind the federal government’s new move and reiterated that federal authorities had no intention of disobeying court orders and facing charges of humiliation.
“As you are well aware, they are employees of institutions that have approached the courts, not us. The Supreme Court sided with them and it is now our duty to follow this order, “he added.
Against the question, Dr Sultan said that previously they did not have a mechanism to run these health facilities because they did not want to regulate it through several deputy secretaries in Islamabad, but now that they have promulgated the 2020 Federal Medical Teaching Institutions Ordinance, they have the tools available to make a health facility available. efficient for the betterment of Karachi and Sindh society.
A search and nomination board would soon be formed to identify suitable members for the health facility’s governor’s council, he said, adding that the council would select the most suitable people, especially experts from the fields of medical science, management and finance to run this top health facility.
“Most likely, the members of the board of governors for this health facility are from Karachi and we don’t mind on behalf of a competent person. There are criteria that have been set in the regulation for the election of the head of the institution by the board of governors, “he explained.
Responding to another question, Dr Sultan said that hospitals can only run efficiently and effectively if given financial and administrative autonomy and he will ensure that not only sufficient budget is provided for these health facilities in the budget but also given administrative and financial freedom to use the funds. this is for effective service delivery and patient well-being.