Health Pakistan

Lahore-hospitals in pathetic conditions suo motu case by SC

(Monitoring desk): Chief Justice Nisar, during the hearing of a suo motu case regarding poor conditions of Lahore-hospitals (public sector) on Saturday, ordered officials to submit a report emphasizing the issues faced by these hospitals.

The case of Lahore-hospitals was also being heard in the SC Lahore registry by a three-member bench headed by the CJP.

Regarding the hearing of Lahore-hospitals case, the CJP had the following remarks, “I want you to work on improving the healthcare system with the same passion with which the SC is looking into this issue,” he told the officials present in court. “This is your responsibility.”

“Children that are two-month-old are unable to get proper health facilities,” he noted. The chief justice also warned about his visit to The Children’s Hospital to check the conditions himself.

Upon inquiring about the progress regarding improvements in conditions of Lahore-hospitals, a representative from Services Hospital told CJ Nisar that the bed capacity of the hospital had been increased from to 400 to 614.

Taking account of the lack of resources in public sector Lahore-hospitals, the chief justice demanded a report to be submitted, regarding the shortcomings being faced in the next hearing scheduled on February 24.

Last month, the CJP had taken a suo motu notice of the worsening conditions of public hospitals in Lahore after growing complaints regarding lack of facilities for patients.

He had directed medical superintendents of 19 hospitals to appear before the SC’s Lahore registry with reports containing details of emergency equipment, CT Scan, MRI and ambulances etc.

Outlining the SC’s agenda for 2018 at the start of the year, Justice Nisar had said that the court would be focusing on human rights issues, particularly those relating to the people’s right to quality education and healthcare.

The SC is already hearing cases regarding the provision of clean water in Sindh and Punjab as well as one regarding high fees in Punjab’s medical colleges.