KARACHI – The health staff of three federal hospitals, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, the National Institute of Child Health and the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases have expressed grievances over the government decision to upgrade the Sindh Medical College to a medical university.

They said that they want to upgrade their institutions to the largest public medical university of the country.

They said that the faculty of senior professors will only be benefited from this decision of the provincial government, as it was happened in the formation Dow University of Health Sciences earlier.

It is pertinent to mention here that Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has signed an ordinance to upgrade the Sindh Medical College to a medical university. The said ordinance was signed at the Bilawal House in the presence of President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday, while Sindh Medical University has become a third medical university in Karachi.

Sindh Medical College was recently become a campus of Dow University of Health Sciences. On the day of the signing ceremony, held at the Bilawal House, Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri told the media that the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre would be the faculty hospital of SMU. Prof Tariq Rafi has become the first Vice Chancellor of Sindh Medical University.

President Employees Joint Action Committee of JPMC Dr Usman Malik told The Nation paramedical staff, lower staff, junior doctors and RMOs are worried over the recent government’s decision. He said that the up-gradation of SMC to medical university would definitely benefit faculty members, while the lower staff will be deprived from any financial benefit. He said the employees of all three hospitals, which had been devolved to the Sindh government after the 18th amendment, were thinking over the advantages and disadvantages of the government decision to grant university status to the SMC.        

General Secretary Employees Joint Action Committee of JPMC Akhtar said that if the lower staff and paramedical staff of these hospitals ignored after the creation of SMU then the staff would definitely chalk out a protest against the government decision. He said that we would not allow the government to once again repeat the same tactics at JPMC at it had done the same thing in the creation of DUHS.     

Conversely, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Sindh congratulates the SMC Alumni Pakistan, and SMCians, for the great achievement. Leaders of PMA said that SMC has now its own Identity and Sindh has got Another Medical University. We also congratulate Prof Tariq Rafi to become the first Vice Chancellor of Sindh Medical University.  We are sure He will develop the Institute.