PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said that in order to improve the health services at government hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) the provincial government will make these institutions autonomous at any cost.
He deplored that a handful of senior doctors have challenged the government’s decision in the court of law, but the PTI leader expressed firm resolve that the KP government will fight the case in court and implement the decision to provide best health care facilities to the people.
“Approximately 10 million people visit government hospitals every year but unfortunately they get poor health services due to the absence of doctors,” said Khan.
Revealing stats about doctor’s attendance at government hospitals, Imran said that 33 per cent doctors perform six hours daily duty daily, 27pc perform four-hours of duty, 22pc come in for three hours, 17pc perform only for two-hours while 7pc doctors report in for only a hour.
The PTI chief also made it clear to the doctors who have opposed the provincial government’s decision of making government hospitals autonomous that his party and the provincial government would make the names of those doctors public so that the public is aware.
He added that the new building of Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) is under construction for the last seven years but unfortunately the previous government could not complete it.
“More than Rs7 billion have so far been spent on the project, but it is yet to be completed.”
On the other hand, Shaukat Khanam Hospital is being constructed in Peshawar according to international standards and will be inaugurated by December this year, he said, adding that “a total of Rs3 billion have been spent on the project”.
The PTI chief said that his party is against the centralisation of power at any level whether it is at government level or departments.
He said that the process of devolving powers to the local level was started by PTI government in KP, which was then followed by other provinces.
Responding to a question, Provincial Health Minister Shahram Taraqai informed that the government is taking actions against doctors, including termination of services, while keeping in view their performance and the Annual Confidential Report.
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