The Punjab government allowed the health department for ad hoc appointment of doctors and paramedics to meet the acute shortage of health officials in the public health facilities across the province.

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi lifted the ban on ad-hoc appointments of doctors and nurses after the health departments forwarded a summary in this regard.

According to the notification, both the health departments – Specialized Healthcare and Primary Health – are allowed to fill the vacant posts of doctors and paramedics on an ad-hoc basis.

A day earlier, the Punjab government decided to add more hospitals to the panel for the provision of standard health treatment to the people having Sehat Insaf Cards.

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi held a meeting, which decided to extend the Health Card programme in a further improved manner.

The meeting approved the inclusion of more hospitals in health card panel in order to facilitate the people of the province. The meeting also decided to add cyberknife – an advanced surgery technology – to the health card programme.

Earlier in July, Punjab CM Pervaiz Elahi decided to further expand health card scheme, launched by former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.