PIMS threatens to shut down OPD following President Alvi’s delay in bill approval

The decision was taken by the employees following a meeting, which took place recently.

PIMS threatens to shut down OPD following President Alvi's delay in bill approval

The Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) staff has threatened that it will shut down the OPD department to protest against the delay in a bill approval.

The staff has contemplated shutting down its outpatient department, in an attempt to protest against President Dr. Arif Alvi’s delay in approval of a bill, which is repealing the Medical Teaching Institution (MTI) Act. The decision was taken by the employees following a meeting, which took place recently.

PIMS’ bill approval

The bill to repeal the Act was adopted by the National Assembly back in October and sent to the President for approval, since it had been passed by the Senate previously. However, the bill is yet to be approved by President Alvi.

According to the workers at PIMS, the President was delaying the procedure because the MTI legislation was enacted by his own party, PTI, which was then overthrown in April. The Federal Health Alliance (FHA) Chairman, Qamar Gujjar said that the staff was left with no choice but to protest. He added that the entire hospital was facing issues due to the delay in signing the bill.

A spokesperson for FHA, Dr. Haider Abbasi said that Dr. Alvi should understand the needs of healthcare professionals, and it is disappointing that the bill is being delayed. Abbasi claimed that the officials appointed under the MTI legislation, requested to delay the bill because they wanted to ‘secure their service.’

The MTI Act had declared PIMS a private instiuition under a Board of Directors, rather than a subsidiary under the Federal Ministry of NHS. The members of the BoG (Board of Directors) were appointed and notified by the Ministry of NHS.

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