A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, on the discussion, regarding the two bills - reorganization of the Federal Medical Teaching Institutes and Teaching Hospitals (the Federal Medical Teaching Institutes Bill, 2021) –and Bill to re-organize and create the National Institute of Health ( The National Institute of Health Re-organization) Bill, 2021- referred by the House, was held under the Chairmanship of Dr. Mohammad Humayun Mohmand, here at the Parliament House, on Thursday.
The Committee discussed the bill on the Federal Medical Teaching Institutes Bill, 2021. While discussing the appointment of the Members of Board of Governors of medical teaching institution (MTI) from the private sectors, Senator Rubina Khalid objected that how come a public sector organization would be run by a Board of Governors with members from private sectors. Senator Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar expressed that the representatives of the people are parliamentarians and they have not been included in the Board.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister informed the Committee that the Bill aims to improve the governance and ensures to run an organization with innovative scientific technology.
Senator Muhammad Asad Ali khan Junejo and Senator Sana Jamali raised serious reservations on issue of future status of employee of PIMS and other institutions after the bill is passed. Senator Muhammad Asad Khan Junejo recommended that the Committee should visit the PIMS and inform the employees about the Bill. Senator Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo emphasized that the MTI model is creating disparity for the employees working for the same institution.
Senator Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar, enlightened the Committee that , some of the definitions in the bill are not specified and are open-ended and no specific criteria has been mentioned to define terms like “consultant”. He recommended that in schedule of the Bill, other institutions may also be included.
The Chairman adjourned the meeting with the directions to the Committee Members to submit their written recommendations on the bill in the next meeting.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Faisal Sultan (Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Health), Senator Fawzia Arshad, Dr.Zarqa Suharwardy Taimur, Sana Jamali, Dilawar Khan, Rubina Khalid, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Imamuddin Shouqeen, Hafiz Abdul Karim, Muhammad Asad Ali KhanJunejo, and Senior Official from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Law and Justice.