Expired stent case: CM okays action against doctors, staff Chairs video link conference of RPOs


Inquiry committee probing the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) expired stents case on Thursday has held 21 doctors, 19 nurses and 2 pharmacists responsible for the scandal.

The issue came to light when the PIC deputy medical superintendent (stores) in a letter to the medical superintendent revealed that expired stents were inserted into several patients at the health facility.

According to a report, the inquiry committee has recommended action against the responsible under Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and accountability (PEEDA) Act.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has Okayed action against the doctors and the nurses in line with the recommendations of the inquiry report.

The Joint Inquiry Committee will seek replies from the doctors and staff within 14 days and will take action under the PEEDA Act.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired a video link conference of commissioners and RPOs at his office on Thursday and issued necessary instructions for the timely resolution of public problems.

He emphasized that the masses should be provided maximum facility along with ensuring good governance at the grassroots.

The field administration should regularly hold open courts in their areas to timely resolve public problems and service delivery of the public sector departments should be given particular attention, he stressed.

The CM pointed out that administrative officials have been relieved of political pressures to independently perform. The past governments interloped in the affairs of government institutions through political pressure; he regretted and repeated that the incumbent government has provided an impartial environment to the government machinery by relieving it of all sorts of political pressures. Contrary to the past, the government machinery is impartial to take independent decisions; he said and asserted that this would never happen again.

You are duty bound to ensure implementation of merit while timely resolving genuine issues of the common man, he commented.

Similarly, the CM added that resolution of problems should be given particular attention by holding sustained liaison with the parliamentarians. Close contacts should be maintained with the people and the public representatives and an open-door policy should be followed, he suggested.

Decisions should be made in accordance with the law as the government machinery will have to deliver now, he stated.

The government was committed to developing Punjab as the best province with regard to good governance; he underlined and impressed upon the administration to honestly perform for good results.

It’s time to deliver to the masses and the state machinery should work with renewed zeal to bring ease in the lives of the common man; the CM stated and reiterated that Allah Almighty has given an opportunity to the government officials to serve the masses. Every effort should be made in this regard and the government would encourage the best performers engaged in serving the masses, he further said.


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