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    Secretary M/o NHSR & C directs PIMs administration to elevate its standards of public service delivery Bans extended leaves for doctors

    Secretary M/o NHSR & C directs PIMs administration to elevate its standards of public service delivery Bans extended leaves for doctors

    Chitral Times Report

    ISLAMABAD: Secretary Ministry of National Health Services Regulations & Coordination (NHSR & C), Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, has emphasized the importance of ensuring the highest standards of healthcare delivery and availability of doctors and medicine within hospitals. He was Chairing a meeting concerning administrative, financial matters, and the performance assessment of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMs). The meeting was attended by the officials from M/o NHSR & C and PIMs.


    The Secretary was briefed by PIMs officials on the pressing issue of human resource shortages affecting the performance of the hospital. It was also brought to his notice that the problem was exacerbated by the overwhelming patients load from not only Islamabad but from other regions across the country. In response, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani directed the administration of PIMs to accelerate the recruitment process for personnel to address the growing patient influx effectively. Furthermore, the secretary was apprised that 107 vacancies for professors, associate professors, and assistant professors had already been advertised, with efforts underway to fill 405 positions for nurses and medical officers.


    The Secretary expressed his concerns regarding disciplinary matters concerning doctors. He said that private practice of doctors employed by Government should be discouraged. He underscored the importance of curbing overseas travel on sponsored visits for doctors. He said that the doctors should provide affidavits confirming that any foreign visits were personally sponsored. This would ensure accountability and dedication of doctors to their professional duties, he added. Iftikhar Ali Shallwani instructed the PIMs administration to ensure efficient healthcare provision and maintain professional conduct within the medical fraternity.


    He emphasized the necessity of rigorously enforcing disciplinary measures within the hospital’s workforce. He instructed the PIMs administration to submit a comprehensive report detailing actions taken against employees found to be in breach of disciplinary protocols. The secretary issued clear directives to the PIMs administration to intensify their efforts to enhance patient facilitation during the sacred month of Ramadan.

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