Govt empowers BoGs for better healthcare facilities: Tarakai

Staff Reporter

Peshawar—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai said on Monday that surrendering powers and authority to the independent Board of Governors (BoGs), the provincial government intends to provide the best healthcare facilities to the public.
Addressing the first ever joint introductory meeting of the newly established Board of Governors members of different medical teaching institutions, he said that providing statutory powers of hire and fire, financial and operational independence to these BOGs and having laid their hands off from any interference, the provincial government has fulfilled its commitment to upholding justice and merit.
He said it is now the responsibility of the members of the BoGs to take the steps for state of the art health facilities in their respective hospitals, said a press release issued here.
Addressing on the occasion, the Provincial Minister for Education Mohammad Atif revealed that on introducing such independent monitoring system in education, it was found that there were employees who were getting salaries for the last 18 years but never performed their duties for a single day.
He said as many as 8000 such absentee employees were found in the education department, adding that over three hundred such absentee-employees had tendered their resignations after the introduction of this independent monitoring system in education.
He expressed the hope that MTI reforms would improve the working of these hospitals.
Secretary Health Abid Majeed briefed the participants about the Medical Teaching Institutions Reforms Act, 2015. He said that the reforms provided complete operational, administrative and financial autonomy to eight public Sector MTIs.
He informed that BoGs have been constituted for six such institutions that would improve governance and accountability there. He further informed that these institutions would be fully autonomous to utilize hospital resources, enhance utilization of services, improve health care services and utilize their financial resources.
The Secretary also informed that all members of such BoGs were from the private sector and the government would not interfere in the affairs of these hospitals.
He also informed the participants about the functions of these BoGs. He said that these MTIs would be accountable to the government in their performance and provide performance based data to the government and later, periodically evaluate it against the set targets related to efficiency and effectiveness.

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