Management Council for the purchase of medicines dissolved

Peshawar: A high level meeting held under the chair of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health and Information and Deputy Parliamentary leader of the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, dissolved the Management Council established for the purchase of medicines and medical equipments for hospitals and decided that a new council comprising media people, retired judges, retired Army personnel and doctors having good reputation will be formed which will supervise and ensure transparent purchase of medicines and medical equipments for the hospitals throughout the province.

During the meeting different decisions were taken for bettering the condition of the hospitals and provision of more and more facilities to the patients.

It was decided that in hospitals of all the 25 districts of the province the patients would be provided emergency services along with MRY, CT Scan, XRay, laboratory facilities and medicines free of cost. Moreover, a separate latest system namely Complaint Redressal Cell will be introduced which will work for the removal of the hardships and complaints of the patients coming to the hospitals.

It was also decided that a new computerized “Thumb System” will be introduced which will supervise the entry and exit of everyone from doctors to peon to the hospitals and strict action will be taken against those absent among the doctors and other staff.

It was also decided that through this system all the patients entering the hospitals would also be recorded and by this way a lot of hardships of the patients would be resolved and they would be assisted in the provision of suitable medical care facilities inside the hospitals.

In another decision of the meeting complete ban was imposed on the private practice of the registrar and senior registrar and the Health Regulatory Authority would supervise the decision.

It was decided that there would be two rounds in the morning and in evening in which presence of the registrar and senior registrar would be compulsory. Action would be taken in case of absence of the registrar and senior registrar.

To identify the doctors, nurses, paramedics and ward orderly dress code system would be introduced. For indoor patients in the hospitals except emergency there would be equal rates of facilities given to them and that would be less than Rs. 1000 for each patient.

It was also decided in the meeting that in the light of the decision of the Cabinet meeting all the postings and transfers carried out during the care taker government would be taken as cancelled.

The secretary health will prepare ad hoc mechanism to remove the shortage of doctors in the hospitals. For postings and transfers of the doctors, a committee will be set up which will consist of prominent personalities having good reputation who will also keep check on the behaviour of the doctors.

I was decided that scrutiny of the patients and the facilities being given to them in the hospitals would also be carried out through a system which will be controlled from the offices of the minister health, secretary health and DG health services. It was decided that the department of information technology would be asked to assist in making the system viable and useful.

The meeting further decided that in hospitals of the far-flung areas patients would be made available all the treatment facilities so that the load on the three big hospitals in Peshawar could be reduced.

It was stated that efforts would be made to make all the latest treatment facilities in the remote areas hospitals so that the people could avoid travelling to Peshawar for treatment. All the TMOs will have to do three years compulsory service in the hospitals and BHUs in the districts they belong.

All the laboratories throughout the province will remain open for 24 hours and standard of the tests would be improved so that the people could not approach to the private laboratories.

The entry of OPD patients would be computerized so that full information regarding patients coming to the hospitals could be recorded and the hospital administration could work with more speed. The principals of all the medical colleges will be chief executives of concerned hospitals except private medical colleges.

Addressing the meeting the Health Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said they had pledged to make the health sector free of corruption and mismanagement and the step they were taking would be transparent. He said the PTI government would provide jobs to the people on merit and free so that the people could take benefit of the change in the set up.

He directed the concerned authorities to make the ward orderlies not leave more than one attendant with the patients inside the wards.

He said by this way the matter of cleanliness could easily be maintained and the outsiders would take good impression.

Those attended the meeting included Secretary Health Abid Ali, additional secretary healthy, chief executives of all the three hospitals, vice chancellor KMU, DHOs and other concerned officers. The provincial minister was given detailed briefing on the available facilities in the hospitals of the province.