Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to give autonomous and independent status to the emergency ward presently working under control of Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar and make it a full fledge department by taking it out of the administrative hold of the hospital.
The ward will be renamed as Accident and Emergency Department equipped with all the necessary facilities having its separate fund. Its director will be hired from open market through competitive process purely on the basis of merit; while the department will be fully autonomous in its financial, administrative and operational matters and will no more be dependent on LRH management for anything.
This decision has been taken with the aim to enhance the working capacity and improve the standard of the department so that it could be in a position to deal with any trauma and emergency admirably and no critical injured or serious patient coming here could expire just because of the non-availability of quick and quality treatment facilities.
A high level meeting held at CM Secretariat Peshawar with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak in the chair in this regard. The meeting was attended by provincial Minister for Health Shaukat Yousufzai, Minister for Local govt Inayatullah, Advisor to CM on mineral development Ziaullah Afridi, Advisor to CM on economic development Rafaqatullah Babar, Principal Secretary to CM Mohammad Ishfaq Khan, CE LRH Dr. Muzaffaruddin Sadiq, Director Emergency Ward Dr. Sheraz Afridi and other concerned authorities.
Dr. Sheraz gave a detailed briefing to the participants of the meeting about the proposed A&E Department and put forth suggestions to bring it at par with international level. For this purpose Chief Minister approved the required fund to the tune of Rs.40.72 million and directed the quarters concerned to immediately initiate practical work on the same.
He also directed the authorities to ensure transparency in all the administrative matters and treatment procedures of the hospital and strictly check all the matters related to the patients right from their admission to discharge so that any types of forgery in the whole process could be avoided.
The Chief Minister said, “I have personally observed that in some hospitals patients are asked to buy medicines from market on their expenses and the same medicines are shown in hospital record meaning that the medicines have been provided by the hospital free of cost which is deception not only to the public but to the government as well”.
He warned that official involved in such deceitful practices would not be spared anyway and death with iron hands. He took strong exception of non-utilization of some expensive machinery purchased for the hospital and directed the CEO to put all the purchase machinery of the hospital to use so that the public could benefit them.
The Chief Minister also accorded approval to the establish of three new and separate departments, Works Department, Machinery Department and Sanitary Department in LRH to deal with construction and repair works, purchase and repairs of medical equipments and sanitation in the hospital respectively.
The proposed Work Department will deal with the overall construction and repair work in the hospital so that the hospital could be free to start construction and repair work where and when needed in the hospital without involving the C&W department. Similarly, the proposed Machinery Department will look after the matters related to the purchase, maintenance and repair of medical equipments in the hospital, while the Sanitary Department will be responsible for the overall sanitary and cleanliness of the hospital.
This decision was taken to make the hospital much independent and autonomous in itself by minimizing the hold of the provincial government in its day to day business with the aim to improve its service delivery and overall performance up to the expectations of the public.
The Chief Minister said that provincial govt had decided to enact the proposed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Medical and Healthcare Institute Act 2013 in order to improve the working capacity of all the teaching hospitals up to the expectations of the public by making them financially and administratively autonomous. “After the enactment of the said law the managements of these hospitals would be able to use the funds of the hospitals given by the provincial government as per the needs and requirements of the hospitals, and they will also be autonomous in using the revenues generated by the hospitals own sources.
The Chief Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure the implementation of laws suggesting penalties for the responsible of ill-treatment or wrong surgery causing death to patients in all the hospitals of the province.
Expressing dissatisfaction on slow pace of progress on certain things in LRH despites his clear instructions, he directed the concerned quarters to start practical work on the decision taken in this very meeting and apprise him (CM) of the progress made on the decisions within next couple of weeks.
Pervez Khattak said that he was not satisfied with the overall performance of LRH and will pay a surprise visit to it any time. “By virtue of being the largest teaching hospital, patients from all over the province come here for treatment purpose and if this hospital could not provide health services to the people as per their expectations and requirements then it will no way be tolerable for the provincial government”, maintained the Chief Minister and urged the need to improve the performance and standard of the hospital up to the mark adding that his govt would not let scarcity of resources to hamper the performance of the hospital.
The chair strictly directed the Chief Executive of the hospital to keep himself abreast of the hospital’s affairs saying that at the movement a number of medical equipments are out of order and he (the CEO) is unaware of it.
He urged the need to have an effective system of monitoring in the hospitals so that such issues in the hospitals could not only be pointed out but resolved well in time. “In case of negligence or inefficiency either on the part of the concerned minister or the chief executive of the hospital, in both the case the public curse the provincial government which is no way tolerable to the government”; Khattak continued and declared that as public servant if we could deliver to them only then we are justified to hold the public office and the same will be the real achievement of the government.