Shahbaz empowers medical institutions to remove flaws in healthcare delivery system

Baloch holding domicile of Punjab allowed to participate in entry test of medical colleges

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Following approval of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the department of Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education has enhanced administrative and financial powers of autonomous medical institutions, head of the institutions and medical superintendents in the province and a notification has been issued in this regard. Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah informed that government has amended schedule V&VI of Punjab Medical and Health Institutions Rules 2003 for this purpose.
He said that the purpose of giving financial and administrative powers to the heads and MSs of autonomous medical institutions is to improve the efficiency of these institutions and evolve an efficient healthcare system by removing flaws in healthcare delivery system. According to the notification, while complete powers have been given to Board of Management of autonomous hospitals and specialized institutions, principals, heads of institutions and MSs have been empowered in a number of administrative and financial matters.
Now principal and MS will have the power to make bulk purchase of medicines up to 40 lakh and 30 lakh respectively through purchase committee for the hospital. Similarly, principal and MS will have the authority to make local purchase of medicines of five lakh and two lakh rupees respectively. Principal can give one year’s leave to any employee, however, relevant rules will be applicable in case of X-Pakistan leave. Principal and MS will have administrative and financial power of sanctioning up to 40 lakh and 30 lakh rupees respectively. Similarly, principal will have the authority to purchase construction material of up to 15 lakh rupees for construction work of immediate nature for the hospital while MS has the authority to spend ten lakh rupees for this purpose.
Moreover, principal and MS will have the power to hire consultant or firm with a sum of up to 20 lakh and ten lakh rupees respectively, however, the consultant or firm should be register with the P&D. Similarly, they will be authorized to spend a sum of up to 20 lakh rupees with the approval of purchase committee for the purchase of computers, hardware, software, photo state machines etc.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, on the request of Chief Minister Balochistan Sana Ullah Zehri, has granted permission to male and female students residing in Balochistan and holding domicile of Punjab to participate in entry test of medical colleges arranged by University of Health Sciences. Special relaxation of one day has been granted to those male and female students who did not submit their applications for participation in entry test for admission in medical colleges of Punjab due to bomb blast in Quetta.
On the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister, University of Health Sciences will set up a special desk at Bolan Medical College Quetta on August 23 from 9:00am to 3:00pm for receiving applications. Application forms are also available at the website of UHS www.uhs.edu.pk.

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