Minister rules out young doctors' strike in capital
04 July, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Capital Administration and Development (CAD) Nazar Muhammad Gondal on Tuesday said there was no possibility of young doctors' strike in the federal capital hospitals.
A case be registered against him (Gondal) if a patient dies due to young doctors' strike in the capital, he told the Senate Standing Committee on CAD, which was presided over by Senator Kalsoom Parveen. The minister said that the Punjab government had to deal with young doctors' issue itself, and assured the committee that such type of problem would not arise in the federal capital.
CAD Secretary Imtiaz Inayat Elahi and officials of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and the Federal Services Hospital assured the committee that there would be no compromise on the quality of life-saving medicines. The committee also discussed health programmes, which were transferred to the provinces after the 18th Amendment.
However, all the provinces had shown inability to run most of the vertical health programmes run by the federal government like polio, HIV/AIDS and others. Senators Raza Rabbani, Ishaq Dar and Zahid Khan were of the view that these health programmes should be handed over to the provinces, and staged a walkout to stress their demand.
The committee noted that all functions of the vertical health programmes had been stalled, while the donor agencies had also shown concern over this situation as they wanted to talk only to the federal government in this regard. The committee decided to take up this issue with the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination and also senators who opposed running of these kind of programmes at the federal level.