The federal government took over three major hospitals in Karachi and one hospital in Lahore. They will be taking care of all the administrative and financial issues in all of the four hospitals.
The three hospitals in Karachi are Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and National Institute of Child Health (NICH). The Shaikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute in Lahore has also be took under control by the federal government.
These hospitals will follow the Federal Medical Teaching Institute Ordinance 2020.
Prime Minister’s health assistant, Dr. Faisal Sultan said: “As per the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s directives, we have no other choice left but to assume control of Karachi’s three major health facilities and one in Lahore,”
He told that :”no time frame can be given for the takeover, but the federal government has already allocated funds to run the hospitals in the current budget. He said the board will have experts from different fields.”
The notification has been issued by the federal government saying that all these four institutes will be under the federal government.ndh government rejects acquisition of hospitals
Rejection of notification by the Sindh government
The Sindh Government has rejected the notification of taking their three hospitals under the federal government.
Barrister Murtaza Wahab, the Sindh government spokesperson, rejected the notification to give control to the federal government to their three major hospitals.
“These hospitals, including the NICVD and other two facilities, do not belong to anyone. These three hospitals have treated patients from all over Pakistan and have served the public for free with transparency. These three hospitals will remain with us,” Wahab told.