Liver transplant: NA panel gives PIMS three months to bring project online

Budget proposals for CADD, cabinet, establishment division approved

Our Correspondent March 03, 2017
Budget proposals for CADD, cabinet, establishment division approved. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary panel on Thursday expressed its displeasure over the failure of the liver transplant project in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims).

The project started in 2010 and cost the government Rs200 million. But after seven years, the project could not get off the ground owing to lack of planning and mismanagement.

The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, while reviewing the project on Thursday, directed that Pims’ management take stringent measures to ensure that the project becomes functional within three months and report to the committee.

The committee met at the Parliament House on Thursday with MNA Rana Hayat Khan in the chair.

The panel discussed budgetary proposals of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of the financial year 2017-18 relating to Cabinet Division, Establishment Division and Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and their attached departments. The committee directed that all policies must be devised keeping in view the ground realities instead of estimated figures.

The panel, while reviewing all proposals of the divisions, directed that the concerned authorities must ensure the completion of ongoing projects before starting new projects and also ensure equality among all provinces while making new policies.

The committee also unanimously passed budgetary proposals for the Cabinet Division, Establishment Division and CADD of the upcoming fiscal year 2017-18.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2017.


Razzaq | 6 years ago | Reply People in Pakistan are in dire need of liver disease treatment and liver transplant facilities. hundreds of thousands patient are left untreated. Only Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad is providing liver transplant facilities and though they are of high standards and conducted over 400 successful liver transplant. Still its not enough the government must take actions and make facilities to facilitate patients.
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