JPMC’s three employees suspended over illegal business

KARACHI: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center’s (JPMC) administration has suspended three employees (washer men) and issued show-cause notices over their alleged involvement in running a heavy dry cleaning machinery for commercial basis in government’s servant quarters, it was learned on Monday.

Sources at JPMC on condition of anonymity said some washer men of institution had illegally installed heavy dry cleaning machinery in connivance with high-ups few years back and since then, they have been providing laundry service to residents of Saddar, Bazarta Line and nearby private hotels on commercial basis. They were running their laundry business with hospital electricity, gas and water since long.

They said those employees are working in JPMC’s Laundry Department since long. They constructed illegal homes in the premises of hospital and started their laundry business on commercial basis in institution in evening hours, he explained.

They informed that the washer men have also been providing free of cost laundry service to doctors, paramedical staff and nurse’s families; therefore, no one dared to stop illegal activities of these employees in past. The washer men also installed heavy air-conditioners at their homes and used hospital electricity for commercial and personal purposes.

The newly appointed JPMC administration had issued formal warning to those employees earlier but they continued their illegal activities. The administration also instructed these employees to evacuate their servant quarters as soon as possible.

Deputy Director Admin & Focal Person JPMC Dr Jawaid Jamali said three employees has been suspended over running heavy laundry machines on commercial basis. He said administration has also lodged an FIR against them.

He said those employees were running the laundry business in illegally constructed homes in the premises of hospital since last six years. He informed administration will form an inquiry committee after receiving reply from these employees.

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