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New health service delivery system within a month: minister

New health service delivery system within a month: minister

PESHAWAR: The provincial government is set to implement the new system for improvement of health services delivery at the four teaching hospitals within a month in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to give efficient care to the patients.

“The current system has failed to deliver, therefore, we are bringing about a paradigm change in the health delivery system to provide diagnostic and treatment facilities to the patients as desired,” provincial KP health minister Shahram Tarakai told a press conference on Sunday.

There is no shortage of funds as a PC-I with an outlay of Rs1.8 billion has already been sent to the Planning and Development Department for repairs and renovation at the four hospitals, he said, adding that hospitals management would not be at the mercy of health, finance and establishment departments for approval and expenditure, but would take own decisions.

Flanked by KP director general health Dr Pervez Kamal Khan and others, he said that the provincial assembly had passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Medical Teaching Institutions Reforms Act, 2015 in January this year while a summary regarding approval of rules had been sent for the chief minister’s approval.

The minister said that granting of autonomy in line with the law was meant to improve efficiency and responsiveness of the health system.

The provision of quality health care services through delegation of powers to make decisions at the hospital level in accordance with their respective needs would facilitate the patients, he said.

The system is initially being launched at the Khyber Teaching Hospital, Hayatabad Medical Complex and Lady Reading Hospital of Peshawar and Ayub Medical Complex, Abbottabad, where members of the board of governors have been selected, he said, adding that the 10-member BoG in each of the hospitals will implement the government’s policy.

“The government is also in the process to select members of the BoGs for hospitals in DI Khan, Bannu and Mardan. He said that the BoGs members would work voluntarily without claiming any salary as their positions were honorary. He said that BoGs members were experts in the health, finance, law and administration.

Three members from the health, finance and establishment departments would act as non-voting members of BoG and will supervise implementation of the government policies. He said that the government would receive data about performance of the hospitals on regular basis to monitor the new system.

He said that doctors from abroad had been included in the BoGs, which would be of great help in developing linkages with the international hospitals and development partners for the promotion of health care system at the local level.

Mr Tarakai appreciated Prof Nausherwan Burki, saying he was a moving spirit behind the introduction of the new system. A US-based Pakistani pulmonologist Dr Burki would help in the improvement of KP’s health care system, he said.

He said that BoGs meeting of the LRH and HMC had already taken place whereas the other two hospitals were in the process of convening such meetings. Dr Burki has been elected as chairman LRH board.

The minister said that the finance department would release one-time budget and the management of each hospital would be autonomous to spend the same.

Published in Dawn, May 18th, 2015

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