IHC expresses displeasure with NHSRC ministry, serves contempt of court notice to secy in PM&DC case
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday served contempt of court notices to respondents including Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) secretary in a petition regarding restoration of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) and directed them to appear in person on the next date of hearing.
Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani heard the contempt of court case filed by council's terminated employees against the health ministry. The additional secretary of the ministry appeared before the bench in the case.
He said if there was no need of the council, the government should abrogate it through legislation in the Parliament. It would not project a positive image if the PM&DC employees locked the ministry's offices, he added.
During the course of proceedings, the bench said the ministry would have to finally restore the terminated employees and issue their salaries in compliance of the court judgment.
How the ministry had sealed an institution which regulates the affairs of doctors, he inquired and expressed his astonishment that whether there was any law and order issue, which led to seal the council. He said the ministry should not make it the matter of ego.
He opined that what would be the outcome if lawyers’ body terminated in such a way as PM&DC was terminated. He further said whether the court should ask the PM&DC employees to enter the offices after breaking locks.
Why not the NHSRC ministry starts its work with the same employees, he said, adding these people would be restored in accordance with the IHC judgment.
The bench observed that the PM&DC had been restored and asked the ministry to file intra court appeal if it had any reservation.
Justice Kiyani said the officers who ordered to lock the offices had committed an offence and ordered the NHSRC secretary and other respondents to appear in person before the bench to answer on March 25.
It may be mentioned here that the same bench had dismissed the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Ordinance while restoring PM&DC and its terminated employees. The PM&DC’s employees had filed a contempt of court case against the health ministry.
Health Ministry challenges IHC verdict against PMC Ordinance
The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Wednesday filed an intra-court appeal in the IHC challenging its single member bench's verdict striking down the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Ordinance.
The ministry, in its petition, pleaded that the single member bench had not examined all aspects of the case in its judgment as the government had restructured the institution to end corruption and inefficiency. Moreover, the Pakistan Medical Commission was not completely different from the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
The petition said that the judgment was given against the Supreme Court's guidelines as the court had interfered into the affairs of executive. - APP