ICTHAB to govern govt’s health establishments in Islamabad; PM constitutes committee

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has given approval for bringing all government health establishments located in Islamabad under the administrative control of a single Health Administrative Board, to be known as Islamabad Capital Territory Health Administrative Board (ICTHAB).

The approval to this effect was given by the Prime Minister to remove the institutional anomalies and service delivery problems afflicting the public healthcare structure of the ICT, a notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office here on Tuesday said.

Federal Government healthcare institutions situated in ICT are currently dispersed across various federal divisions and administrative tiers, which is not only against the norms of good governance, but has also led to significant service delivery gaps, poor service quality, functional overlaps, redundancy, policy incoherence, and accountability deficits.

The Prime Minister has also constituted a committee to formulate proposals for the establishment and governing structure of the Islamabad Capital Territory Health Administrative Board.

With Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Khwaja Zaheer Ahmad as Convener, the Committee comprises members:
Mayor of Islamabad; Secretary, Capital Administration and Development Division; Chairman CDA; Additional Secretary to PM; Representative of the Law and Justice Division not below the level of Additional Secretary; Chief Commissioner Islamabad; Director General (Health), Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination; Dr. Abid Farooqui, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Disciplines, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University; Mr. Sikandar Bashir Mohmand, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan; and Co-opted member/s.

The Committee shall, inter alia, be responsible to:
(i) Study the existing structure of ICT’s healthcare delivery system, and identify the problems afflicting it. For this purpose, the Committee may utilize the findings of the report prepared by the Committee to Examine and Formulate Proposals on Reforms Required in Islamabad’s Healthcare System, constituted earlier under the convenership of the Secretary Cabinet;
(ii) Study the healthcare models of developed and leading developing countries; and,
(iii) Submit detailed proposals on:

(a) The optimal institutional structure for the
Islamabad Capital Territory Health Administration Board;
(b) Draft law and rules that would govern the
Islamabad Capital Territory Health Administration Board and the healthcare establishments that would work under its administrative control;
(c) Measures to improve the quality of human resources in health establishments, including recruitment, training, career paths and pay structures of employees;
(d) Additional financial and human resources that might be required for ensuring the provision of high-quality healthcare services; and,
(e) Consequential amendments in, and repeals of, the existing framework of laws and rules, if any.

The Committee shall submit its proposals for consideration of the Prime Minister within a period of 30 days.

Secretarial assistance for the committee will be provided by the Capital Administration and Development Division.