SHC Larkana orders formation of teams to resolve hospitals issuesOctober 29, 2015
LARKANA: Sindh High Court (SHC), Circuit Larkana, has directed Anti-Corruption Establishment Sindh Chairman to constitute teams based on competent officers on emergency basis across Sindh and probe all issues facing public sector hospitals since January 2014 wherever any illegality or irregularity or fraud is detected.
This exercise shall be completed within two months, the court further directed while hearing CP No: 1137 filed by Nadir Ali Khoso through his advocate Shamsuddin Abbasi against Medical Superintendent (MS) Chandka Medical College Hospital and others.
The court further ordered that doctors and paramedical staff providing services of protecting lives of people in hospitals shall not be allowed to go on strikes in any manner as same may cost life adding in case of any strike, necessary legal action shall be taken against all the responsible persons. Health Secretary Dr Saeed Mangnejo assured the court that biometric system would be introduced and implemented in health department within three months.
All vacant posts (gazetted) shall be sent to Sindh Public Service Commission within 15 days and Chairman SPSC shall ensure that such posts are filled within three months with compliance report, the court directed. District & Sessions Judges of Larkana & Hyderabad were directed to ensure that Burns Ward is established in their respective districts as stated by Health Secretary.
The court further directed Sindh government to issue notification with regard to establishment of Sindh Healthcare Commission within active spirit of Sindh Healthcare Commission Act (SHCA) 2013 within one month, adding then Commission shall constitute bodies on division level and frame policy within two months for the improvement, access, equality of healthcare service so as to ban quackery in all its forms.
The court further directed that District & Sessions Judges of all districts shall constitute a committee under their command consisting of deputy commissioners, MS or Civil Surgeon, as the case may be, and two other members for managing and controlling the affairs of all public sector hospitals in their respective districts.
The order further said that separate MSes would be posted in all public sector hospitals in Larkana within 15 days for which Sindh government shall ensure that on such administrative posts, all the persons are having degree(s) of additional qualification of MPH or DPH as provided by National Health Policy. The order obtained on Friday further directed that the Sindh government shall handover all teaching hospitals to universities for complete control, management and proper functioning thereof.
The VCs however shall constitute a Board to run the affairs of hospitals and also will frame policies with regard to relevant fields. They would be accountable to Sindh government through Health Department with regard to audit & accounts, the order added. The DCs, DHOs and Drug Inspectors shall pay surprise visits at all medical stores within their territories including the medical stores available in the hospitals of private sector and shall ensure that no fake or expired medicines are sold and medicines are provided at the market rates on presentation of prescriptions only adding in case of violation they shall recommend such cases for penal action in accordance with law & such report shall be filed monthly through additional registrar of this court. The SSPs were directed to establish well equipped police pickets in such public sector hospitals in order to maintain law & order and proper protection be also ensured of doctors & paramedics working in emergency.
Sindh government shall deploy Rangers and police force in Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU), Larkana and its affiliated colleges and such force shall ensure the decorum of the university is maintained and no one shall be allowed to disturb the classes of officials while performing their duties & it will not be terminated until alternate arrangements are made, the order added. The petition was heard on Thursday in which Health Secretary Dr. Saeed Mangnejo, SPSC Chairman Mohammad Saleem, AAG Hamid Bhurgri, SMBBMU VC Dr. Ghulam Asghar Channa, Commissioner Larkana Ghulam Akbar Laghari, Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, Director Anti-Corruption, Dr. Sher Mohammad Shaikh CMC Principal, CMCH MS Dr. Muneer Jokhio and others were present.