The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed displeasure over lack of basic facilities in the hospitals of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a Suo moto case regarding the possible extension of Board of Governors (BoG) members who had been appointed allegedly on the basis of nepotism by former chief minister Pervez Khattak.
The application was moved by Young Doctors Association K-P President Dr. Rizwan Kundi with the human rights cell of the top court.
The complainant asked the court to direct KP government to strictly avoid granting an extension of existing members and delegate the powers of BoGs to KP Health Department. CJP gave orders for the boards of various KP hospitals to submit performance reports, including details of how the funds were spent.
“What it (K-P government) has been doing for the last five years, why can’t government hospitals be run properly while Shaukat Khannum can,” the CJP questioned.
The chief justice observed that Nosherwan Barki, cousin of Imran Khan, was running the management of a hospital in KP and he himself was living in the US. Justice Bandial remarked that the basic issue was the proper functioning of hospitals.
He observed that the condition of KP hospitals was miserable and MRI and CT scan machines were not functioning during the surprise visit of chief justice to the KP hospitals.
He further remarked that a kettle of tea was placed in operation theatre of Ayub Medical Complex while trauma center of Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in Peshawar was non-functional.
The chief justice said that provision of health facilities to common citizens was his priority, but the provincial government had been making tall claims that they have improved hospitals.
A member of the Board of Directors of K-P Hospitals Faisal Sultan appeared before the court and informed the court that the board has been making efforts to improve hospital’s condition, but the time was short, as their three tenure ended on May 5.
SC is much active in tackling the health-related issues in the country, earlier it orders DRAP to freeze the medicine prices across the country.