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Key Lady Reading Hospital recruitment stayed

Key Lady Reading Hospital recruitment stayed

PESHAWAR: A Peshawar High Court bench on Thursday stayed recruitment of medical and hospital directors to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, the biggest government hospital in the province, under the government’s health reforms.

Justice Qaiser Rasheed and Justice Asadullah Khan Chamkani also asked the health department to maintain the status quo on the intended appointment of directors to other government hospitals in the province and that of principal to Khyber Girls Medical College.

The bench later fixed June 30 for hearing into the petition of Pakistan Medical Association through its provincial president, Dr Hussain Ahmad Haroon, against different steps of the boards of governors of the four government teaching hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It issued notices to the provincial government through the chief secretary, provincial health secretary, director general (health services) and the chairmen of the four boards of governors to file separate replies on the petition.

The petitioner’s lawyer, Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel, said the provincial assembly had passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Medical Teaching Institutions Reforms Act 2015, which had already been challenged by the Khyber Medical College Teachers Association through a petition.

He added that the provincial government had also framed rules under the said Act.

The lawyer said few months ago, the government appointed medical directors and hospital directors on temporary basis in the four major public sector hospitals including Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH), Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad and Hayatabad Medical Complex.

He said the directors in question were professors and only one of them was from management cadre.

The lawyer said on political considerations, the respondents were now bent upon appointing persons of their choice by replacing the said directors.

He said the Lady Reading Hospital board of governors had advertised posts of medical director and hospital director with the qualification of MBA or other master’s degree and with no medical degree or experience.

The lawyer said on same pattern, BoG of other three hospitals also intended to appoint medical and hospital directors and that the provincial government also intended to advertise the post of the principal of Khyber Girls Medical College.

He said most members of the boards of governors were either non-doctors or foreign nationals.

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2015

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