KP opposition blocks Health Bill passage

Peshawar—Joint opposition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Friday foiled the attempt of the provincial government to pass the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Foundation Bill (HEB), 2016 from the house. The house was due to adopt the legislation for the establishment of Health Foundation to promote and enable the development of innovative health care delivery models to achieve policy objectives of the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to improve coverage through various means of Public Private Partnership for healthcare delivery services.
Clausewise debate on the bill was continued with Deputy Speaker, Dr. Meher Taj Roghani in the chair. The house though adopted some clauses when amendment proposed by Meraj Hamayun was also included in the bill. But, in case of the amendment proposed by Sobia Khan of PMLN regarding the implementation of the policies relating to the public private partnership and related initiatives under the public private partnership Act, 2014.
Provincial Minister for Health, Shahram Khan Tarakai refused to accept the proposed amendment and requested the opposition to withdraw their amendments to pave way for the passage of the bill from the house. In response to the request of minister, the opposition counter requested the treasury benches for referring the proposed legislation to the select committee of the house. However, the treasury benches were determined for the passage of the bill.
In the meantime, first Sahibzada Sanaullah of PPP pinpointed the lack of quorum in the house to the chair. But, the Deputy Speaker continued the proceedings of the house, which also attracted the attention of more opposition legislators particularly of their parliamentary leaders. The chorus of the opposition legislators demanding for the counting of the members present in the house, the Deputy Speaker directed the assembly staff for counting.
The treasury benches, particularly, Special Assistant to CM on Information, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani was determined for the continuation of the proceedings and passage of the bill. However, the Deputy Speakers said that legal experts had told her that quorum in the house is complete and the proceedings could not be continued.—APP

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