Shahbaz orders strict action against absent doctors

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Pays surprise visit to Sahiwal DHQ hospital

Our Correspondent

Sahiwal—Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to District Headquarters Hospital, Sahiwal, on Tuesday and ordered strict action aagainst absentee doctors for many weeks.
He went to different wards and inquired after the patients and asked about medical facilities being provided to them in the hospital. He showed strong indignation to the administration on setting up MS office away from the hospital.
The Chief Minister asked from hospital administration whether it wants that the voice of patients should not reach them and no patient could contact them for resolution of their problems, it is not correct in any way.
The Chief Minister said he was not ready to accept that MS office has been shifted due to repair and construction. The Chief Minister checked the attendance register of doctors and staff and expressed displeasure on not taking action against absentee doctors and staff.
He directed Commissioner Sahiwal Division to present report within three days after scrutiny of attendance register and said that checking attendance of doctors and staff is the responsibility of administrative officers. During checking of attendance register, the Chief Minister found that a specialist doctor was absent from the last 29 days, upon which, he showed aggravation and taking its strict notice ordered strict action as per law against absentee doctors and staff. If specialist and senior professors will not attend hospitals then how modern and quality treatment facilities will become available to the patients, he questioned.
Shahbaz Sharif took strict notice of receiving money from the patients and conducting CT scan from outside and warned hospital administration that he will not tolerate such complaints in future. He directed to immediately provide CT scan machine for the hospital.
During the visit of the hospital, the Chief Minister met patients and their attendants individually in different wards and asked about treatment facilities.