The federal government on Fridayissued a notification regarding the takeover of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
“The federal government has been pleased to constitute a Board of Governors, in respect of JPMC, Karachi under section 4 of the Federal Medical Teaching Institute Ordinance 2020,” the notification reads.
The board of members includes Mushtaq KassimChappra, Philanthropist and Industrialist, Ms. Ronaq Lakhani, Philanthropist, Dr Muhammad Irfan , Associate Professor Surgery/Consultant Surgeon and Mr Rashid A. Khan, Businessman.
Meanwhile, the sources have claimed that the Sindh Health dept has opposed the formation of the BoG and has announced not to be a part of it.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan in its judgment had given the control of the three major public-sector hospitals – NICVD, JPMC and NICH – to the federal govt and directed the provincial and federal governments to complete a smooth transition of the hospitals’ control.
The verdict had been announced when the Sindh government and the health institutions approached the court with a claim that since the subject of health had been devolved to the provinces under the 18th Amendment, the management of the JPMC, NICVD and NICH also vested with the Sindh government.
Meanwhile, the Sindh health department said it didn’t accept the selection of the board of governors and the case of the three hospitals was being reviewed.
“The review petition is still undecided in the Supreme Court,” it added. The health department claims the federal government still has to clear funds worth Rs100 billion “in pending costs for these institutes that have been incurred by the provincial government”.
The SC told the federal and provincial govt to submit a joint statement before the decision is finalised.