Stepping in: Minister revokes Rs180 million in work orders at AMC

Shaukat Yousafzai gives administration seven days to ‘improve’ its services.

Our Correspondent July 21, 2013
Shaukat Yousafzai gives administration seven days to ‘improve’ its services. PHOTO: FILE


Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Health Shaukat Yousufzai on Saturday ordered the cancellation of work orders worth Rs180 million at the Ayub Medical Complex (AMC) in Abbottabad.

The minister expressed his dissatisfaction over the availability of healthcare facilities and the performance of administrative staff during a visit, warning them action would be taken if they failed to make improvements within seven days.

During his visit to the Hazara division, the minister took stock of the largest health facility in the area and reportedly found several anomalies.

Having suspicions regarding the tender and purchase of machinery and other articles for the newly-constructed children and gynaecology wards, Yousafzai ordered the cancellation of Rs180 million in tenders and work orders with immediate effect. He also took notice of the water shortage in the hospital and asked the administration to address the problem promptly.

The health minister asked the AMC’s administration to give him details regarding the hiring of staff during the last five years. He warned AMC’s chief executive and medical superintendent stern action would be taken against them if an improvement in healthcare and administrative affairs was not made in seven days.

Yousafzai maintained the AMC was the only hospital in Hazara region that had been erected to cater to the needs of the entire Hazara, Shangla and Northern Areas. Therefore, it should offer world-class services, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2013.