CM Sindh seeks notification to be withdrawn over take over of JPMC, NICVD and NICH

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday said that the notification issued by the federal government to take over three health facilities of Sindh, JPMC, NICVD and NICH has created uncertainty, therefore it must be withdrawn in the larger interest of health services being provided by these institutions.

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This he said while presiding over a meeting here at CM House. The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr Azra Pechuho, Advisor to CM Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Finance Najam Shah, Special Secretary Health Asghar Memon, Executive Director NICVD Dr Nadeem Qamar, Executive Director JPMC Seemi Jamali , Director NICH Dr Jamal Raza, Special Secretary Health (Dev) Dr Dabeer and other concerned officers.

The chief Minister said that the federal government has issued a notification to take over the administrative control of three health facilities, NICVD, JPMC and NICH. “This decision has created a panic like situation and uncertainty which is bound to affect the performance of these best institutes,” he said and added that the Ministry of National Health Services should have held preparatory meetings with the provincial government to work out modalities as directed by the supreme court but sorry to say no such meeting was held. “I am surprised such no such intimation of taking over the health facilities have been communicated to the hospitals’ administration,” he said.

Mr Shah said that the provincial government has filed a review petition in the supreme court and the federal government should have waited till the final verdict of the court but “abruptly, they [fed govt] issued a notification and created uncertainty,” he said

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