Justice Mian Saqib Nisar—Chief Justice of Pakistan has given a warning to the provincial of government that all the mega projects of the province would be shut down in case the government-owned public hospitals and educational institutions are not improved within the province—Punjab.
Yesterday, a two-member bench, led by the Chief Justice including Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, resumed listening to the suo moto notice against the public hospitals in Punjab.
The provincial secretary was told by the Chief Justice that in in the Services Hospital of Lahore, the instrument that is used for placing the stitches, was not even present.
He observed and mentioned that the provision of basic health facilities is the basic and fundamental right of all the citizens.
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The Chief Justice while instructing the respective authorities for providing a report on the availability of the life-saving machines present in the hospitals stated that providing access to the healthcare facilities is our responsibility.
The bench’s objective is not to take any actions instead it’s focus in just on the betterment of the entire situation.
The Chief Justice issued a warning against the Punjab government saying that all the big projects including the Orange Line Metro Train project would be closed if the health and education sectors are not improved.
The court also instructed the medical superintendents of all the state-owned hospital for providing their affidavits and told the public hospitals to provide their audit reports.
The Chief Justice also mentioned that instead of looking around for publicity on television, the government should focus more on improving the situation in the hospitals.
The court also warned of shutting down the private clinics owned by the government doctors that they operate after their office hours if the situation does not improve.
It was observed by the Chief Justice during the hearing that the Punjab government is spending a lot of money on its publicity.
The court stated in its remarks that instead of making medicines available freely funds are being spent on publicity drives.
The court then asked for the details of the funds the provincial government has spent on the advertising drives within a span of ten days.
It was further ordered by the court to the government to submit a policy for improving the conditions of the public hospitals within fifteen days’ time.