PESHAWAR: The provincial government plans to submit a series of corruption cases against hospital officials to Ehtesab Commission as well as the anti-corruption department, officials told The Express Tribune on Sunday.
According to a senior health official, a number of cases have been prepared and will be sent to the anti-corruption department and Ehtesab Commission for further investigation.
“Many of these cases are against officials who have embezzled money set aside to purchase machinery and equipment for hospitals,” he said, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Spare no one
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Health Secretary Mushtaq Jadoon confirmed the decision to submit cases to Ehtesab Commission and the anti-corruption department. “We have initiated some enquiries and will be sending cases to the relevant bodies to be probed,” he said. According to Jadoon, several enquiries have already been completed.
“Most of these cases involve corruption charges against health officials of both the previous and incumbent governments,” he said. “I can assure you the department will take each and every person to task.”
Jadoon maintained cases will be sent to Ehtesab Commission and anti-corruption department shortly.
The health department has also urged the administration of all hospitals in the city to identify employees who were negligent in performing their duties. It has also asked them to closely monitor those officials who are performing administrative duties. Health officials have been told to identify matters which involve corruption and ought to be investigated.
“We have taken up this issue very seriously and those officials who fail to perform their duties are being dealt with accordingly,” said Jadoon.
The health secretary said enquiries were being initiated on a daily basis and action would be taken once the investigation has been completed.
“A number of health employees have either been suspended or their perks and incentives have been withheld for failing to comply with official directives,” he added.
A health directorate official told The Express Tribune the department had ordered action against doctors who have been misusing official funds.
“Seven doctors have been taken to task,” he said. “The health department has decided to stop their annual increments. These doctors belong to Nowshera, Peshawar, Dir and Bannu.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2015.
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