Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pirzada assures federal hospitals to remain in same status

Federal Health Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Monday reiterated that the federal government-run hospitals of the metropolis would not be transferred to the province under the 18th Amendment. He said this while talking to media after a meeting with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) office-bearers held at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) here on Monday.

JPMC Executive Director Prof Tasneem Ahsan, Joint Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali, also attended the meeting. Pirzada further said that the federal institutions were the identity of the federation so they should remain in the current status. The minister said international donor agencies approached the federal government for assistance, adding that many programmes and campaigns run by donor agencies would be affected due to the devolution. A part of health ministry would be handed over to the provinces under the devolution pursuant to the 18th Amendment, he added.