Buzdar suspends Mayo Hospital MS, chief pharmacist over negligence


–Punjab CM expresses dissatisfaction during surprise visit to Mayo Hospital

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar paid a surprise visit to Mayo Hospital on Wednesday where he suspended the medical superintendent (MS) and chief pharmacist over negligence.

During the visit, Buzdar met with patients and their attendants in the emergency ward and inspected the medical facilities. He inquired them about the provision of medical facilities and availability of free medicines in the emergency and expressed his strong indignation over the condition of the wheelchair facility. He also reprimanded the chief pharmacist over the complaints of some patients and their attendants about obtaining medicines from outside.

The chief minister expressed his displeasure over non-presence of signboards for the guidance of patients in different wards. He said that he been saddened over the condition of the emergency. The wheelchairs should be provided without any the condition of producing CNICs because these are meant for the patients, he added.

He also inspected the pharmacy of the emergency ward and inspected the provision of free medicines to the patients. He inquired the hospital administration that if patients in the emergency ward have to acquire medicines from the outside then what their job was.

Buzdar made it clear that patients should be provided with all medicines free of cost in the emergency ward and the complaint of non-provision of free medicines is totally unacceptable. He directed to keep the CT scan machines fully functional and added that every patient should be given full attention and qualitative medical care be provided in the emergency ward.

The Punjab CM also expressed his strong displeasure over the non-functionality of patients’ lift. “There is a dire need to bring much improvement in the emergency of Mayo Hospital. I have personally monitored the situation and I am not satisfied with the condition of medical facilities provided to the patients. Action will be initiated against those responsible for negligence and laxity,” he added.

The chief minister said that the situation of Mayo Hospital’s emergency is not satisfactory in any way as providing quality healthcare facilities is the fundamental responsibility of the hospital administration.

Meanwhile, the chief minister took immediate action against the mismanagement who allegedly showed negligence while performing duties. He suspended the MS of Mayo Hospital Dr Tahir Khalil under PEEDA Act for showing dereliction. He directed him to report to the Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department.

Similarly, drug controller/chief pharmacist Mayo Hospital Irshad Hussain has also been suspended under PEEDA act for showing dereliction of duty and mismanagement. He has also been directed to report back to the department. Mayo Hospital CEO Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan has been issued a warning for showing poor performance. He has been directed to improve the hospital management for providing the best facilities to the patients.