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Punjab Govt Has No Intention To Privatize Medical Teaching Institutions: Yasmin

The Health Minister alleges some elements are blackmailing the government by aggravating difficulties for poor patients to achieve their personal goals


LAHORE– Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid has said neither the provincial government has any attention to privatize any medial institution nor it is going to privatize any medical teaching institution.

“Some elements are trying to blackmail the government by increasing the difficulties for poor patients in government hospitals for achieving nefarious political designs,” the minister said while speaking at a news conference at the Directorate General of Public Relations Tuesday.

Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Mian Shakeel, Director General Public Relations Dr Muhammad Aslam Dogar and a large number of media representatives were present on this occasion.

Dr Yasmin Rashid said medical teaching institution act will help to improve the standard of education for the students in medical institutions.

She said more than three hundred thousand employees are being performed duties in Punjab Health department till now, this act will greatly help to solve their problems at their doorstep and they will not have to wonder here and there in Secretariat and other offices redressal of grievance.

She said that health department has more than sixteen thousand complaints and inquiries and there is only one secretariat to cope with all these problems.

Under this circumstances it is very necessary to give administrative and financial powers to these educational intuitions through this act so that problems of employees and patients could be solved at the earliest.

She said that this act will be implemented on first five teaching hospital and third-party evaluation will be carried out after one year.

This act will not create any problem for any professor or doctor. Young Doctors deviate from their demand regarding their representation in the committee soon after the issuance of notification.

Islam teaches us to create ease for others in the Holy Month of Ramadan. Young Doctors should call out their strike keeping in view the sanctity f holy month of Ramadan.

Replying to a question, Dr Yasmeen Rashid said that basic person of introducing MTI Act is to facilitate the patients by enhancing the standard of government teaching hospitals.

She said only administrative and financial autonomy is being given to the major teaching hospitals under this act. Administrative affairs will be looked after by the Board of Governors.

“Senior professors and doctors will remain available for providing treatment facilities to the patients round the clock.”

Consultation is being underway for the last six months and this act was amended five items on the basis of suggestions and recommendations of all stakeholder, the minister added.— PRESS HANDOUT