Administrative issue: PMA opposes outsourcing of health services

The association says bureaucracy has failed to run Health Dept.

Our Correspondent June 15, 2015

LAHORE: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) leaders have opposed the government’s plan to outsource health facilities in 10 districts in the province.

PMA office-bearers Muhammad Ashraf Nizami, Mehr Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Tanveer Anwar, Shahid Malik, Izhar Ahmad, Kamran Saeed, Tariq Rehmani, Wajid Ali, Aleem Nawaz, Talha Sherwani, Rana Sohail, Asma Yasin, Qazi Yasir, Tehsina Zafar and Iram Shahzadi issued a statement saying that PMA’s provincial council had opposed the move.

They said the bureaucracy had failed to effectively run the Health Department. “The initiative will harm the poor. We will oppose it all forums,” they said.

They said the association had warned against introducing the contract system in the department. “The government agreed to the PMA’s stance in 2009 and introduced a system to make regular appointments,” the PMA leaders said.

They said the government once again planned to introduce the contract system. “This would affect the heath delivery system. The PMA demands that the authorities let health professionals run the affairs of the Health Department. The current bureaucracy has failed to deliver.”

The PMA demanded that the chief minister and the chief secretary refrain from outsourcing health services.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2015.


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