LAHORE - A larger Bench of Supreme Court (SC) Lahore Registry has directed Punjab Government to conduct survey of all private hospitals across the province to avoid incidents of negligence like the one that occurred in the Doctors Hospital Lahore, which claimed the life of minor Imanae Malik. The full bench of Supreme Court comprising Justice Javaid Iqbal, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmad, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali was hearing about 8 identical applications (suo motu notices) linked to the death of Imanae Malik by the negligence of doctors. Azhar Siddique advocate, the counsel for Aqeel Malik, father of Imanae Malik told the larger bench that the case fell into category of public interest litigation which if heard in that context will help improve the faulty healthcare system in the country and save lives of millions of other people who are killed due to the negligence of doctors. The SC bench after a long session of proceedings summoned Prosecutor General Punjab, Secretary Health Punjab and SSP Investigation, directing them to submit reports on the next date of hearing, after two weeks. The bench asked the Punjab Government to explain as to why the Doctors Hospital had not been sealed till now and directed police to tell why accused Dr Sadiq Kumar who went in hiding, had not yet been declared absconder in the record. It is worth noting here that on December 17, 2009 LHC Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif after suo motu proceedings into the Imanae Malik death case instructed to add section 302 to the FIR already booked against the owners and doctors of Doctors Hospital. However, the management of the Doctors Hospital filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the order of LHC chief justice. During proceedings the court showed anger on the delay in the promulgation of Healthcare Bill 2009 observing that despite lapse of three months the government could not pass the healthcare law to regulate private hospitals. Earlier, Hanif Khatana, Additional Advocate General Punjab, on behalf of the Punjab Government, informed the larger bench that a committee is working on healthcare bill in consultation with doctors community, which have raised several objections against the bill. The bench remarked that doctors have no right to interfere in the legislation to regulate healthcare system in the province. The bench directed additional Advocate General to present on next date of hearing a detailed report of Punjab assembly proceedings on the healthcare bill and its status at the moment. As per the case, Imanae Malik was administered wrong injections by doctors of Doctors Hospital on Nov 29, 2009 and the minor expired minutes after the heavy doses of anesthesia. Aqeel Malik, father of the minor, registered an FIR against the doctors and staff of the Doctors Hospital after an autopsy, which proved the cause of her death by excessive dose of anesthesia. Govt to save Rs15 billion: Kaira Provincial Minister for Finance, Planning and Development Tanvir Ashraf Kaira has said that during current fiscal year, the government will save Rs 15 billion by controlling non-development expenditures and this exercise will continue in the next fiscal year also. He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of MPAs at his office on Wednesday. He said all departments should spend their expenditures within their limit and the supplementary grants should be avoided, as the govt was slashing its non-development expenditures in order to complete the public welfare oriented projects on priority. He said that ban on purchase of new vehicles and luxury items would continue and supplementary grants would be released only in case of emergency. Kaira said that all departments have been directed to make it certain that timely completion of work on development projects and a system of self-accountability should be evolved to control the non-development expenditure.