Public good behind Punjab health reforms: Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan

LAHORE, Sep 07 (APP):Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that Punjab health reforms through Medial Teaching Institutions (MTI) Act 2019 would bring about tangible improvement in the life of common man.

Addressing a press conference to clarify ambiguities engulfing MTI health reforms alongside Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid and Information Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal at the DGPR on Saturday, she said it was a misnomer that the teaching hospitals in Punjab were being privatized, adding the reforms were aimed at making hospitals and doctors accountable to the government and provide services to the public.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said MTI reforms would ensure performance audit of the doctors and financial audit of the hospitals, adding that the hospitals will not be privatized while doctors would enjoy same status as before. “However, the services of doctors showing poor performance could be terminated by the Board of Governors (BoG)”, she added.

She said as per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan public budget should be spent as per the aspirations of the people. She said a certain section had created confusion regarding the health reforms in Punjab and the record must be set right for good on the matter.

To a question, she said not a single hospital of international standard was built in past during the governments of PML-N in the province, adding the former rulers always went abroad for medical treatment.