Bureaucracy, political intervention affecting Polyclinic, PIMS affairs

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Tug-of-war between bureaucracy and local political leaders has worsened administrative affairs in the top two public sector health facilities of the federal capital, namely Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Polyclinic Hospital. Acting Executive Director of the Polyclinic Dr Iftikhar after refusal of 2-year ex-Pakistan leave is back to work but according to sources he is trying his best to cope with the day-to-day affairs of the hospital but forces against his appointment are not giving him enough space to work while in PIMS the appointment of executive director Dr Fazl-e-Maula is still a mystery.
Sources close to these developments revealed to Pakistan Observer some political high-ups like to see their blue-eyes boys on the key positions in both the hospitals while various doctors’ groups in both the hospitals also want their choices to be on the top slots in these two hospitals.
Dr Iftikhar Naro’s appointment was challenged in the Supreme Court and he later seeing the political figures’ interest in the post had applied for 2-year leave but that too was not granted.
About Dr Fazl-e-Maula who is currently in charge of National Institute of Rehabilitation Management (NIRM) and has worked for many years in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and belongs to the province, sources said as PIMS administrator he is using his experience for the hospital but the federal government (CADD) is all set to send him back. When Dr Javed Akram, VC and Executive Director of PIMS was approached for clarification, he said he had also heard the similar news but no order was so far received. He is still working as administrator. A case is sub-judice in Supreme Court that he is on deputation but we cannot directly send those who have joined us on deputation back. However, he said in the light of the Supreme Court orders, a decision would be made on Monday (tomorrow).

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