KP govt rules out compromise on patient care

  • Health minister warns strikers of dire consequences

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will make no compromise on patient care and will ensure implementation of the essential services act for betterment of ailing humanity, Senior Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarkai said on Thursday.

Addressing a news conference here, the minister said that a handful of elements were creating hurdles in implementation of the essential services act to deprive patients of better health facilities in public sector hospitals.

He warned that these elements would be removed from service if found guilty of misconduct while discharging their duties.

Tarkai said strict disciplinary action would be taken against those elements found guilty of creating hurdle in implementation of the act and forcing doctors and paramedics to boycott hospitals.

Lamenting the protest in public sector hospitals in Peshawar the other day, the minister said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had been mandated by people and it would fulfill people’s expectations by bringing reforms in the health sector. He expressed annoyance over the fact that patients badly suffered due to that strike and were forced to get treatment in private clinics.

Tarkai said the government had shown extreme patience during the last two and a half years for the sake of patients and further hurdles in way of service delivery would not be accepted. He said the old health delivery system was outdated as it was without patient care system so the KP government was left with no option but to bring reforms in the health sector for betterment of ailing humanity.