Rescue 1122 to take over hospital ambulances
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to hand over ambulances of all hospitals to Rescue 1122 to improve the ambulance services and to ensure its all-time availability across the province. The matter would be presented in the upcoming meeting of the provincial cabinet for final approval. The decision was taken in a high level meeting held here last week with the Chief Minister Mahmood Khan that discussed the reform initiatives in Health Department. Provincial Minister for Health, Taimur Salim Jhagra, Secretary Relief, Secretary Health, Director General Health Services, Director General Rescue 1122 and other relevant authorities attended the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister directed the authorities of health and relief departments to immediately finalize all the matters regarding handing over of ambulances to the Rescue 1122. The meeting also decided to devise proper mechanism for ad hoc recruitment as well as to expedite ongoing recruitment process of doctors and other medical staff and decided that a meeting of all concerned departments would be convened next week to finalize the mechanism to this effect. Similarly, outsourcing of diagnostic and non-clinical services in the secondary hospitals was also decided in principle. The forum discussed matters related to the posting of management and doctors of general cadre and decided to empower the health department for the posting and transfer against all administrative posts except posting transfer on key administrative slots of the department. The meeting further decided to implement the E-transfer policy in the department would be implemented to streamline the posting/transfer of doctors and other staff in health department. The meeting also decided to empower the Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) of health department to monitor the District Headquarter Hospitals and other secondary care hospitals with the special focus on referral system and availability of emergency medicines in these hospitals. Talking to the participants, the chief minister said that provision of maximum possible facilities to the general masses with regard to health service delivery was the top priority of his government and as such all the available resources would be utilized to strengthen the health sector in the province. The chief minister directed to ensure all time availability of essential medicines in the emergency departments of all public sector hospitals further directing the official concerned to work on the outsourcing of emergency medicines supply to hospitals in order to make it process transparent. - APP