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Chief Minister Sindh for resolving the issues of JPMC staff at the earliest

Karachi, September 16, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the provincial health department, Advocate General Sindh and concerned private consuls to get the decision of court about petition filed by the employees of the JPMC against the devolution of their institution to the Sindh government under 18th amendment in the constitution within shortest possible.

He said that I eagerly want to resolve the matters of this big and important hospital and its employee to ensure health facilities to the public without any interruption once the jurisdiction of the authority is decided which has been challenged by the employees of the JPMC in the court.

This he observed while presiding over the meeting to discuss the strategy and resolve the problems of JPMC held at CM House Karachi today. The Sindh Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Sindh Mohammad Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Mr. Alamuddin Bullo, Secretary Health Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo, Director JPMC Dr. Anis Bhatti and other officers attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah in his opening remarks said that at present the matter about controlling of authority was pending in the court. He said that, when we are not sure, whether, the institution was within our jurisdiction or not, how can we decide the future of the institution or its employees and added that even we have passed the law but pending because of petition filed by the employees whereas after 18th amendment there was no infrastructure with Federal Government to retain this institution but unfortunately unnecessarily the devolution of this institution has been challenged.

The Chief Minister Sindh said that Sindh Government was ready and even it has worked out a plan to protect the interests and resolve all apprehensions of the employees of JPMC with legal cover but because of the petition in the court, we cannot notify or step ahead in this regard.

He said that irony was that one side the doctors/paramedical staff have challenged the authority of Sindh Government in the court and not accepting the jurisdiction of the Sindh Government but on the other hand, simultaneously they are demanding from Sindh Government for their perks and privileges.

The most surprisingly was, despite of knowing the fact that neither Sindh Government nor Central Government were in position to decide about the future course of action, about the JPMC and its employees because of litigation, they, the doctors, paramedics gone on protest and penalizing the poor needy patients. He termed it very deplorable.

He said that his government was ready and even has worked out the plan to resolve all apprehensions of JPMC employees, but it can only be done when the jurisdiction of the Sindh Government about JPMC control is decided and accepted by the court.

While expressing his satisfaction over the assurance of the Director JPMC Dr. Anis Bhatti that main petitioner and major participants of other petitions have been agreed to withdraw their petition, the Chief Minister Sindh asked them to submit their such consent with affidavit in the court through their advocates as soon as possible so that this matter to be decided earlier.

The Chief Minister Sindh also expressed his apprehensions over the difficulties being faced by the patients due to baseless protest by the doctors/ paramedics of JPMC. He said that JPMC was a big and important hospital of the country, but unfortunately matter of its devolution to Sindh Government was pending since 2010, whereas Sindh Government has planned to develop, expand and modernize this institution in the larger interest of the people of Sindh.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +92-21-99202019
Cell: +92-300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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