ISLAMABAD:(APS)September 22,2016-The Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar was invited as Chief Guest at “PIMS Thanks Giving Event” arranged by the young doctors of the hospital to show their gratitude to the Finance Minister for improving their financial package and other facilities.
Addressing the Ceremony the Minister said,” Government wants to foster and encourage the dispersion of knowledge and thought process, Young doctors should access knowledge, conduct research, collaborate with the national organizations. With collective efforts we can improve the healthcare services in the best interests of the community”. With specific reference to PIMS, the Minister said,” Government of Pakistan is focused on the improvement and upgradation of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), the hospital caters to a large number of patients, delivers healthcare services to patients and we acknowledge its role”.
“We have solved the problems of doctors in Punjab during our previous government and the same duty is performed here in the Federal Government by us” added the Minister.
“We provide all possible space to people having different point of views and it is important for a democracy and sign of good governance. All around the world people now acknowledge the economic development and stability of Pakistan”. The Minister also briefly touched upon the subject of economic dividends earned by the country.
The Minister also said, PM announced special package for upgradation of existing facilities at PIMS/Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University that includes.
increase in beds strength of Burns Center, Children Hospital, Maternity & Child HealthCare Center;
Establishment of state of the art surgical towers,42 bedded new ICU,Revival of liver transplant center and special hiring of physicians on market based remuneration.
“PM also accorded in principle approval for construction of 39 state of the art hospitals across the country out of which 3 will be constructed in Federal Capital Territory”, told the Finance Minister. There will be an increase in the stipends for under training Post Graduate Residents to Rs. 73,000/- per month and to House Officers Rs. 40,000/- per month at Federal level only, the arrears will also be paid to the doctors on 1st October. Training slots for the Post Graduate Residents will be increased to 100 more seats and 45 seats for House Officers, announced the Finance Minister.
The Minister also acknowledged the services of Professor Javed Akram, VC PIMS.