Trust deficit of government hospitals
Medical Institutes of Teaching (MITs) in KP are given special funds for emergencies. The purpose is to enable them to do free-of-cost tests of patients. There are scores of such tests. Unfortunately, these MITs have discontinued the practice of offering free tests, which is beyond comprehension. At the moment, only four or five tests are free. For these free tests, the patients and their attendants are made to fulfil tedious formalities. They are made to go from one window to the other. For hours on end, they have to wait for their turn in lengthening queues outside various counters. Thus they naturally feel humiliated.
Moreover, in the name of private practice, they have to pay heavy consultation fees to doctors and laboratory charges to lab attendants. This has virtually eliminated the difference between government hospitals and private health facilities. The result is that in order to avoid the painful formalities of the government hospitals, the patients tend to prefer private hospitals. Over there, the fees are heavy but the systems are well-organised. After payment, the patients are sent directly to the concerned doctor and the treatment begins right in earnest.
During the government of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, Akram Khan Durrani was the chief minister of KP. Under his rule, more than 100 tests were declared to be free in all MITs. Apart from the Ayub Medical College of Abbottabad, these MITs included Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) and the Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC).