Islamabad - Minister of Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) yesterday said that Prime Minister has approved the summary of separating PIMS from Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU).

Minister of State for CADD, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said this while inaugurating a new medical test collection centre in pathology department of PIMS.

“The longstanding demand of 4000 employees of PIMS has been met,” said the minister. 

He said that all related departments agreed on the issue to separate both entities and finally CADD has received the approved summary, now legislation will be done to implement the decision.

Tariq also said the issue relating to allotment of plots in Sector F-14 for PIMS employees has also been resolved after meeting with the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, talking to The Nation Vice Chancellor (VC) SZABMU, Dr Javed Akram said in the syndicate meeting, all the concerned departments ‘principally’ agreed to separate hospital from the university.

“The decision will be beneficial for the hospital and the university, and both entities will flourish and progresses better than before,” said VC.

However, he said that implementation on the approved summary will take some time. According to him it is a legislative matter in which an amendment will be brought in the law and both legislative houses will pass the bill of separating PIMS from university.

He also confirmed to The Nation that after efforts of the administration, issue of plots allotment in Sector F-14 has also been solved.

“PIMS employees who had applied for the plots were facing some difficulties, will now get allotment in the sector,” he said.

VC also stated that Pakistan Housing Authority has started issuing the letters to the employees.  PIMS had experienced number of protests and strikes on merging of the hospital with SZABMU. All staff association including Non-Gazetted Employees Association, PIMS Officers Welfare Association, and Nursing Association had launched a movement for the restoration of PIMS.

The protesting association had demanded from the government that being a public hospital, PIMS cannot be converted into a university.

Responding to protests and strikes, Minister for CADD held negotiations with PIMS employees and had assured them to solve the matter. Meanwhile, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) yesterday inaugurated the new medical test collection centre in pathology department of the hospital to facilitate thousands of patients visiting daily. Media coordinator PIMS Dr Waseem Khawaja informed The Nation that previous location had become congested for patients and hospital administration established new centre within weeks. “Medical tests of patient above than 60-year-old patients will be done free of cost,” he said. Dr Waseem also stated that new medical test centre will be online linked with all other departments of hospital which will facilitate thousands of patients. The new medical test centre of Pathology department is comprised of modern laboratory, segregation room, urinalyses room, more sample collection rooms for male, females and extra counters for patients. Vice Chancellor (VC) SZABMU Dr Javed Akram talking to The Nation said that soon new emergency of the hospital will also be inaugurated while government is providing funds to improve the facilities and departments of the hospital. “Head of the Pathology Department Dr Ashok Kumar will run the new medical test centre,” he said. Chief of the guest in inauguration ceremony of the medical test centre Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said on the occasion that daily nearly 10,000 patients visits the PIMS while hospital lacked the infrastructure, technology and human resources. He said that soon this new medical test centre will be completely computerized. “With online facility, patients will get their test results by email and SMS services which will reduce their difficulties of queuing in line to get sample test results,” he said.  “OPDs and Indoors are overcrowded with the patients but, government is taking measures to put the things on right path,” he said. The minister also stated that Prime Minister himself is taking personal interest in bringing reforms in health and education sector. He said that PIMS is the largest hospital in the region and inauguration of new medical centre is a positive development, as patients were being affected in previous section. “PIMS will be made most modern hospital in the country,” said the minister. “Patients daily face number of problems in the hospital and government is trying to enhance the capacity of the hospital,” he said.