ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has ordered the Pims administration to pay salaries of the Cardiac Centre staff, which it had kept pending for the past 34 months.
Chief Justice Nisar gave the direction to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) administration while hearing issues of Islamabad hospitals.
He said the Cardiac Centre should not be closed, adding that cardiac emergencies are the worst kind, and help should be available if needed.
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The top judge made the remarks during the suo motu case of reported closure of Bone Marrow Transplant Centre (BMTC). After which the Chief Justice took on the case of Cardiac Centre as well.
Pims Executive Director (ED) Dr Amjad Mahmood told the court that though the centre is functioning, the doctors have not received their salaries for the last 34 months. He said the case is similar to that of BMTC.
However, Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) additional secretary opposed Mahmood’s statement. He said Cardiac Centre case is in no way similar to BMTC.
Regarding the appointment of the permanent ED of Pims, the court was told that the summary for the appointment has not been approved yet by the Prime Minister’s Office. The CJ directed to ensure approval within 15 days and the incumbent ED should continue to hold his charge as the head of the hospital. The hearing was adjourned till April 20.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2018.
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