Federal govt to return control of three Karachi hospitals to Sindh govt

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ISLAMABAD: Faced with an acute shortage of financial resources and lack of fiscal space, federal government has decided “in principle” to handover administrative and financial control of three Karachi and one Lahore hospitals to the respective provincial governments, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Control said on Saturday.
Federal Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Control had assumed the administrative control of three major Karachi hospitals that include National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and National Institute of Child Health Karachi as well as Shaikh Zayed Medical Institute, Lahore in May this year on the directives from Supreme Court of Pakistan but no monetary allocation was made in the financial budget for three Sindh and one Lahore hospital.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza said federal cabinet in it’s last meeting discussed the issue of provincial hospitals in detail and decided to handover these facilities to the Sindh and Punjab governments.
He maintained that Federal Law Minister and the Attorney General of Pakistan would soon approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan and urge the Apex court to review it’s decision regarding these four health facilities.

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