Imran rules out privatisation of hospitals in K-P

Published: February 9, 2016
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Imran Khan addresses a press conference in Peshawar on February 9, 2015. PHOTO: PTI

Imran Khan addresses a press conference in Peshawar on February 9, 2015. PHOTO: PTI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has clarified that no privatisation of hospitals was being carried out in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), saying those holding strikes in hospitals have no right to stay on duty.

“Reforms in the health and education sectors are being linked to privatisation by the federal government while we are only improving standards and management in these institutions,” Imran said while addressing a news conference in Peshawar on Tuesday.

He said the Essential Services Act was imposed as a result of the Peshawar High Court’s decision on December 7, 2015 and not by the PTI.

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Almost 95% people are with the K-P government in its health reforms in the province, the PTI leader said, adding that lengthy deliberations were carried out before going ahead with the reforms.

Imran said action should be initiated against Adviser to Prime Minister Ameer Muqam for provoking doctors for a strike in K-P.

“I will request the K-P chief minister to register an FIR against Ameer Muqam for going to Hayatabad Medical Complex in K-P and provoking doctors to stage strikes.”

Focusing on the privatisation issue of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the PTI chairman said, “We are not being explained why privatisation of PIA was necessary and why stakeholders were not taken on-board.”

Imran said the national airline became a victim of political interventions and employment while professionals were not allowed to progress in the institution.

“The ruling PML-N must explain how they will get rid of Rs300 billion deficit in PIA as they have a history of mismanagement and nepotism,” Imran said.

Reader Comments (10)

  • Faisalabadi
    Feb 9, 2016 - 4:26PM

    Long Live IK, good decision as most of govt doctors focusing only over their private clinics rather than in Hospitals.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2016 - 4:33PM

    In about 6 months this dude will be the next Musarrat Shaheen of Pakistani politics.Recommend

  • waqas
    Feb 9, 2016 - 4:39PM

    wao….what a statment…but PIA staff has the right to stricke and the right to stay on their jobs….pity on him for such dual attitudeRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2016 - 5:39PM

    “I will request the K-P chief minister to register an FIR against Ameer Muqam for going to Hayatabad Medical Complex in K-P and provoking doctors to stage strikes.”

    Yeah and invite the wrath of the federal government.Recommend

  • Gramscian
    Feb 9, 2016 - 11:44PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi: Yes & Nawaz will be Churchill of Pakistan. Jokes you tell. Recommend

  • Lakhaar Khan
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:03AM

    This character does not even surprise me anymore. He made all wrong decision in his personal life but he will made great decisions for Pakistan?

    Wake up Pakistan. This guy is nothing more than a high functioning MADARI…Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Feb 10, 2016 - 3:21AM

    Khan Sahib do not show double standards. Emergency law for PIA was wrong but doctor’s holding strike is right. Please do not put your future on stake.Recommend

  • azmat
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:07PM

    @syed & syed:
    You have not read the complete news. The reason has been explained as well. In KP, it was implemented as a result of High court ordersRecommend

  • Methamphetamine
    Feb 10, 2016 - 1:57PM

    These sheep fail to see the politics by Shareefs. IK took a stand against privatization of PIA because privitazing wasn’t being done for the betterment of PIA or country but just to make NS’ granddaughter’s in-laws a shareholder in airbus business.
    Now PMLN gov? They are businessman, they play their cards well. They provoke the same thing for KPK’s hospitals. Why? So that NOW these goons are against IK’s ruling.
    At one side, he’s trying to improve the standard’s of KPK’s hospitals and on other hand he has to make the RIGHT to protest is there. But if you let doctors go on strike, who would look at the patients? They die and the rivals will have something to rub against his face, something that ruins the reputation of current system.
    I am no Insafian, but I don’t trust Nawaz Sharif and his politics. Wake up, sheep. Recommend

  • Raghu
    Feb 10, 2016 - 3:29PM

    @syed & syed:
    Great words IK. Thanks for the clarification. Recommend

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