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PIMS to continue provision of healthcare facilities to masses: Senate told.

ISLAMABAD -- Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Barrister Usman Ibrahim on Monday informed the Senate that Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has not been given a status of Shaheed Zulfikar Medical University and would continue providing healthcare facilities to the masses.

Opposing the resolution moved by Sardar Mohammad Azam Khan Musakhel, the minister said a private member bill was also pending before the national assembly and provision of free healthcare facilities to poor would continued.

He said the employees of PIMS were given option to either remain civil servant or University employees.

He said the government had allocated Rs.3.3 billion for PIMS during last year budget which was increased to Rs.3.5 billion in the current fiscal year.

He said two options were also under consideration including the hospital be given under the CAAD or constitute a powerful Board of Governor for it.

He said that it would be inappropriate to bring a resolution against an act of the parliament.

Earlier, moving a resolution Sardar Mohammad Azam said the poor people would be deprived of free treatment if PIMS was converted into medical university.

Farhalullah Babar said that it would be a new trend in parliamentary history if a resolution was passed against an act of the parliament.

He said the government provides fund to PIMS and it should continue to function like a hospital.

He said that Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has also emphasised on setting up a public sector medical university in the federal capital.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 4, 2015
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