WEB DESK: KP Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak has said that the provincial government was ready to increase the salary of doctors by two to three times to fill vacant post in the health facilities of rural and remote areas and asked health department to suggest a comprehensive and attractive incentives package for filling such posts.
He also asked the finance department to look into financial implications of the proposal submitted by health department for granting financial incentives for existing specialist doctors, medical officers, and Health Managers and Teaching cadres of three types of hospitals at district level.
Presiding over a meeting regarding implementation of Medical Training Institutes (MTI) Reforms in four major teaching hospitals of the province, the CM directed the Board of Governors of these hospitals to suggest necessary amendments in MTI Reforms Law as well as the Rules of Business (RoB) to remove impediments in utilisation of the allocated budget, hiring and firing of staff and procurement powers.
He also formed a committee comprising heads of Board of Governors (BoGs) of the four hospitals under chairmanships of the provincial health minister and asked the committee to submit its recommendations by Tuesday next when matters pertaining to health reforms will be decided once for all, he declared. He also constituted another committee with the Chief Secretary as its head to suggest measures for implementing the MTI reforms.
The provincial Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarkai, the Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Advocate General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Secretaries of Health, Law and Administration departments, chairman of BoGs of Lady Reading Hospital, Khyber Teaching hospital, Hayatabad Medical Complex and Ayub Medical Institute and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
The CM directed that barriers in utilising the released budget of Rs 1.8 billion to four major tertiary hospitals of the province be removed and if required separate RoBs be framed on priority basis on the line of certain other autonomous bodies like Bank of Khyber, TVETA, PEDO and EZDMC etc. Explaining his guidelines for equipping all hospitals and other health centers of province with all necessary facilities and staff, the CM said that he was fully committed to bring all hospitals at par with each other whether they are in urban or far flung rural areas. For this purpose, he added, transfers of doctors and other health care staff had been strictly banned and directed that in order to provide equal staff to all hospitals, available vacant posts of doctors, paramedics and other staff be filled by recruitment under special arrangements.
He assured to create additional posts where required to ensure availability of equal number of staff in all hospitals and strictly directed the Finance department that it shall not reject any new post demanded by the health department. He clarified that the professionals, once appointed, would have to serve at the same health facility or station. He, however, said that special monitory and other attractive incentives would be offered to the medical staff for serving in the rural and remote areas.
Expressing dissatisfaction over health department performance to address the issue of missing facilities and staff in civil hospitals of the province, the CM said that all deadlines given to the department had been expired and now he would take final decision next week to correct the affairs of the hospitals and mitigate the miseries being faced by the patients due to inadequate facilities and medical services.
Source: Business Recorder