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Punjab Govt Not Privatizing Public Sector Hospitals Under MTIA: Dr Yasmeen

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LAHORE– Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmeen Rashid has said under Medical Teaching Institutions Act, the government is not going to privatize any public sector hospital.

She said that revolutionary measures are being taken by the government for further facilitating the people in the health sector.

These views were expressed by her during a joint press conference with Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan and Provincial Minister for Information Punjab Mian Aslam Iqbal at DGPR office on Saturday.

Dr. Yasmeen Rashid strongly condemned the rumours and speculations being spread regarding privatization of public sector hospitals. She said that the government is spending Rs. 45 lakh annually on one batch in any government hospital.

She said that basic purpose to introduce MTI Act is to ensure the provision of best healthcare facilities to a common man.

Neither administrative nor financial power was given to any government hospital in the act introduced in 2003. She said that by bringing better administration under MTI Act, quality healthcare facilities would be ensured to the patients in public sector hospitals.

Medical and Hospitals Directors will be appointed in government hospitals who will be fully responsible in all the affairs of hospitals.

She said that during one year PTI government has recruited more than 15 thousand doctors on merit. Sehat Insaaf Cards have been distributed to the common man in the 28 districts of the Punjab under which family would be able to access medical facilities up to Rs. 720,000 free of cost.

Annually three audits would be conducted to all teaching institutions under MTI Act and board of governors would be changed any time for negligence. Performance report of medical teaching institutions would be presented in the assembly and promotions of doctors of professors would be linked with performance.

She said that the government has fully right to ask about the performance after giving the employment. She said that the government wants to run outdoor even in the evening timing under this act. She said that treatment expenditures of the deserving patients in outdoors will bear by government.

She said that provision of best healthcare facilities in the government hospitals of Punjab is the basic point of manifesto of PTI government. She said that the system of government hospitals has been ruined due to the former corrupt governments.

Firdous Ashiq Awan said that providing relief to the people by introducing reforms in every sector of life is the top priority of the Prime Minister Imran Khan. One year performance of Punjab government is highly appreciable.

She said that PTI government formulate policies by focusing on the solution of problems of the common man.

Provincial Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal said that confusion is being created among the masses regarding medical institution act. The government believes in spending people’s money on people’s welfare.— PRESS HANDOUT

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