MTI Reforms Act Will Help Strengthen Medical Facilities In Punjab

Imran Khan has already brought revolution in KP’s health sector

By Azhar ul Haq Wahid

The Medical Teaching Institutes (MTI) Reforms Act will provide autonomy to the state-run teaching hospitals and help strengthen the government medical facilities to the public in Punjab.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision is very much clear about uplifting of social sectors like health and education and elimination of corruption but health reforms across Pakistan is the cornerstone of his vision.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Khan has brought revolution in health sector despite huge resistance at the beginning of the party’s government.

The primary role of Insaf Doctors Forum (IDF) is to help out government in the implementation of the health policies at ground level, which provide benefits to doctors, public and also help improve health services.

Dentistry structure at all three tiers in Punjab is at worst level as even in primary healthcare structure, that is Basic Health Unit (BHU), no dentistry facility is available across the province.

These views were expressed by IDF Secretary General Lahore and Assistant Professor Fatimah Memorial Hospital Dr Asim Riaz in an exclusive interview to Daily The Business.

He said the success story of MTI Reforms Act in KP demands its replication in Punjab for the ultimate betterment in healthcare system.

The Punjab government is drafting the MTI Reforms Act which will bring the revolutionary changes in health system, Riaz said, adding the patients would be obliged in best possible ways. “The MTI Act has such wonderful benefits that in evening hours the doctors will be able to work privately in the hospital premises while about 30 percent of income will go to hospital.”

He said the appointment of much experienced and brilliant doctor like Dr Yasmin Rashid as Punjab Health Minister Punjab Government will help revolutionize the health system in the province.

“The IDF’s primary role is to help out government in the implementation of the health policies at ground level, which provide benefits to doctors, public and also help to improve health services”, Riaz said and added Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision is very much focused on health sector on the pattern of KP model.

He added that the PTI formed the KP government for second time which indicated the trust of people and every citizen in party’s policies as public at large received benefits of MTI Reforms and health cards without any cherry pick.

Dr Asim Riaz said: “The MTI Reforms Act basically provides administrative and financial autonomy to the hospitals. It also provides one line budget to produce self-budget which come through two ways: One is from the government and the other one is from hospital’s self-generation budget through private consultancy in evening time. In evening time the private consultancy will generate huge money which will be utilized for the development of the hospital under the supervision of the hospital board of governors.”

He said the MTI Reforms Act will subjugate the fresh consultants to must do private practice in the hospital and not allow a doctor to join any private hospital until specific time frame otherwise that fresh consultant would not be able to get the benefits of the MTI Reforms.

Senior doctors would not be bound to do private practice at hospital without their acquiescence, he added.

“The MTI Reforms Act is coming with such amazing perks that morning and evening duty hours wound be mandatory with online attendance system; pay would be high across the board; promotions of doctors would be awarded with no time because board of governors will decide without waiting for vacant seats; the board of governors will decide about the facilities as how to deal with shortage of equipment and where the hospital budget should be utilized”, he said, adding the parameters are under discussion in the health department and Law Branch about the standardization of hospitals facilities.”

He opined that current Punjab healthcare system is the worst as a health professional thinks nobody can remove him/her till the retirement at the age of 60, but the MTI Reforms Act will change the system and make every health professional under the contract on performance bases otherwise the system will decide the fate of that professional.

Dr Asim Riaz said being medical professional he thought it’s time to move with speed because in other countries healthcare systems have changed the public health standards.

Answering a question as to how the PTI government faced protests against MTI Reforms in KP, he said the KP government had faced protests and certain pressures to get the new health system implemented and now the Punjab government turns to stand strong for its replication. “I am not against my community but everybody has to be answerable to their respective departments.”

“The Punjab government will take the observations of all the stakeholders before the implementation of the MTI Reforms Act in Punjab but there is no way to take up unlawful reservations because PM Imran’s directions are very clear to bring change in health system at any cost,” he added.

To a question, he said the government has right to legislate and implement while the public has right to elect or reject the PTI for the next time. “The pressure groups are trying to make moves against the new draft act, but this issue should not be politicized just because other parties failed to bring health reforms.

He informed the Punjab government would establish a nomine council which will decide who should be the part of the board of governor on merit. The Board will be consisting of vice chancellors of various universities, civil society representatives as well as doctors and health professionals. “I think the representative ratio of doctors’ community should be higher than the others and this is also the observation of the community”.

Replying to a question, Dr Asim said fresh consultants will gain huge benefits through private practice at the government hospitals in evening because patients are visiting frequently at hospitals without specifying the doctor but outside in private hospitals the patient’s pool development is big issue.

Senior doctors have already developed patient’s pool, but a fresh consultant struggles to build his pool of patients, he said, adding this facility would be available through MTI. The ratio from consultancy fee is right of the hospital which is providing infrastructure and many other facilities, he added.

“Through the MTI Reforms Act the private practice even at government hospital will lead good patient care, because the MTI works on evaluation base three-year contract. Let me tell you the major problem of existing healthcare system that cannot hold anyone accountable because the job security till retirement is helping people to develop the unbearable habits”.

To a question, he said resentment by the health professionals across Punjab is not unexpected but the question is why this resentment comes from the healthcare system? If the act is facilitating all stakeholders involving doctors and paramedical staff there is no reason to face those pressures.

“Being medical practitioner it’s my personal opinion all the association of doctors and health workers and the government should negotiate before the approval of the MTI Reforms Act from the provincial assembly.

“MTI is a policy of tertiary care hospitals which will not be directly under the health ministry but will be indirectly under the ministry. The Ministry of Health will work for policies and not for the administration of the hospitals”.

Punjab dentistry units lack treatment facilities

Dentistry structure at all three levels is at the lowest ebb in Punjab as primary healthcare structure and Basic Health Units (BHUs) have no dentistry facility available across the province.

Insaf  Doctors Forum (IDF) General Secretary Dr Asim Riaz said in Punjab the dentistry seats starts from Rural health Centres (RHCs) and each RHC have one seat of dentist. He also said that at the secondary healthcare system at Tehsil Headquarters Hospitals (THQs) three seats and five seats at District Headquarters Hospitals (DHQs) and these are not across the board.

Some hospitals have two and many are just having one seat only and most of these are non-functional. I have never seen before such worst infrastructural condition of the dentistry in the province where units are not working and functional units not enough for the treatment of patients.

Dr Asim Riaz said that the condition of dental structure of tertiary care is worse than secondary and you will be surprised that seats in tertiary care are more than secondary care. There is a need to take two steps, the first step is to improve the structure and the second one is to improve functionality of all available dental units. Now comes towards the structure improvement and there we should make an assessment where already dental facilities are available and units are working properly. Second point is the number of patients visiting and third point is referral of patients from there.

He said that the dental seats are not really equally distributed among hospitals which is important to revise them for the better facility to patients. The second point is the non-functional units as they should start as soon as possible with the required protocols. He expressed that this is all about the policy-making.

Insaf Doctors Forum General Secretary said that failure in the cross infection control dental diseases are spreading rapidly and this is important to know that dental diseases are directly linked with the digestive system and also contribute  to increasing the stomach and so many other diseases.

Dr Asim suggested that we should be aware that our public dentistry not only belongs to mouth diseases it is directly linked with body’s other diseases. After awareness second phase is prevention as everybody should visit to dentist from early fifth year of his childhood.

MTI Reforms Act Will Help Strengthen Medical Facilities In Punjab

Imran Khan has already brought revolution in KP’s health sector

By Azhar ul Haq Wahid

The Medical Teaching Institutes (MTI) Reforms Act will provide autonomy to the state-run teaching hospitals and help strengthen the government medical facilities to the public in Punjab.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision is very much clear about uplifting of social sectors like health and education and elimination of corruption but health reforms across Pakistan is the cornerstone of his vision.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Khan has brought revolution in health sector despite huge resistance at the beginning of the party’s government.

The primary role of Insaf Doctors Forum (IDF) is to help out government in the implementation of the health policies at ground level, which provide benefits to doctors, public and also help improve health services.

Dentistry structure at all three tiers in Punjab is at worst level as even in primary healthcare structure, that is Basic Health Unit (BHU), no dentistry facility is available across the province.

These views were expressed by IDF Secretary General Lahore and Assistant Professor Fatimah Memorial Hospital Dr Asim Riaz in an exclusive interview to Daily The Business.

He said the success story of MTI Reforms Act in KP demands its replication in Punjab for the ultimate betterment in healthcare system.

The Punjab government is drafting the MTI Reforms Act which will bring the revolutionary changes in health system, Riaz said, adding the patients would be obliged in best possible ways. “The MTI Act has such wonderful benefits that in evening hours the doctors will be able to work privately in the hospital premises while about 30 percent of income will go to hospital.”

He said the appointment of much experienced and brilliant doctor like Dr Yasmin Rashid as Punjab Health Minister Punjab Government will help revolutionize the health system in the province.

“The IDF’s primary role is to help out government in the implementation of the health policies at ground level, which provide benefits to doctors, public and also help to improve health services”, Riaz said and added Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision is very much focused on health sector on the pattern of KP model.

He added that the PTI formed the KP government for second time which indicated the trust of people and every citizen in party’s policies as public at large received benefits of MTI Reforms and health cards without any cherry pick.

Dr Asim Riaz said: “The MTI Reforms Act basically provides administrative and financial autonomy to the hospitals. It also provides one line budget to produce self-budget which come through two ways: One is from the government and the other one is from hospital’s self-generation budget through private consultancy in evening time. In evening time the private consultancy will generate huge money which will be utilized for the development of the hospital under the supervision of the hospital board of governors.”

He said the MTI Reforms Act will subjugate the fresh consultants to must do private practice in the hospital and not allow a doctor to join any private hospital until specific time frame otherwise that fresh consultant would not be able to get the benefits of the MTI Reforms.

Senior doctors would not be bound to do private practice at hospital without their acquiescence, he added.

“The MTI Reforms Act is coming with such amazing perks that morning and evening duty hours wound be mandatory with online attendance system; pay would be high across the board; promotions of doctors would be awarded with no time because board of governors will decide without waiting for vacant seats; the board of governors will decide about the facilities as how to deal with shortage of equipment and where the hospital budget should be utilized”, he said, adding the parameters are under discussion in the health department and Law Branch about the standardization of hospitals facilities.”

He opined that current Punjab healthcare system is the worst as a health professional thinks nobody can remove him/her till the retirement at the age of 60, but the MTI Reforms Act will change the system and make every health professional under the contract on performance bases otherwise the system will decide the fate of that professional.

Dr Asim Riaz said being medical professional he thought it’s time to move with speed because in other countries healthcare systems have changed the public health standards.

Answering a question as to how the PTI government faced protests against MTI Reforms in KP, he said the KP government had faced protests and certain pressures to get the new health system implemented and now the Punjab government turns to stand strong for its replication. “I am not against my community but everybody has to be answerable to their respective departments.”

“The Punjab government will take the observations of all the stakeholders before the implementation of the MTI Reforms Act in Punjab but there is no way to take up unlawful reservations because PM Imran’s directions are very clear to bring change in health system at any cost,” he added.

To a question, he said the government has right to legislate and implement while the public has right to elect or reject the PTI for the next time. “The pressure groups are trying to make moves against the new draft act, but this issue should not be politicized just because other parties failed to bring health reforms.

He informed the Punjab government would establish a nomine council which will decide who should be the part of the board of governor on merit. The Board will be consisting of vice chancellors of various universities, civil society representatives as well as doctors and health professionals. “I think the representative ratio of doctors’ community should be higher than the others and this is also the observation of the community”.

Replying to a question, Dr Asim said fresh consultants will gain huge benefits through private practice at the government hospitals in evening because patients are visiting frequently at hospitals without specifying the doctor but outside in private hospitals the patient’s pool development is big issue.

Senior doctors have already developed patient’s pool, but a fresh consultant struggles to build his pool of patients, he said, adding this facility would be available through MTI. The ratio from consultancy fee is right of the hospital which is providing infrastructure and many other facilities, he added.

“Through the MTI Reforms Act the private practice even at government hospital will lead good patient care, because the MTI works on evaluation base three-year contract. Let me tell you the major problem of existing healthcare system that cannot hold anyone accountable because the job security till retirement is helping people to develop the unbearable habits”.

To a question, he said resentment by the health professionals across Punjab is not unexpected but the question is why this resentment comes from the healthcare system? If the act is facilitating all stakeholders involving doctors and paramedical staff there is no reason to face those pressures.

“Being medical practitioner it’s my personal opinion all the association of doctors and health workers and the government should negotiate before the approval of the MTI Reforms Act from the provincial assembly.

“MTI is a policy of tertiary care hospitals which will not be directly under the health ministry but will be indirectly under the ministry. The Ministry of Health will work for policies and not for the administration of the hospitals”.

Punjab dentistry units lack treatment facilities

Dentistry structure at all three levels is at the lowest ebb in Punjab as primary healthcare structure and Basic Health Units (BHUs) have no dentistry facility available across the province.

Insaf  Doctors Forum (IDF) General Secretary Dr Asim Riaz said in Punjab the dentistry seats starts from Rural health Centres (RHCs) and each RHC have one seat of dentist. He also said that at the secondary healthcare system at Tehsil Headquarters Hospitals (THQs) three seats and five seats at District Headquarters Hospitals (DHQs) and these are not across the board.

Some hospitals have two and many are just having one seat only and most of these are non-functional. I have never seen before such worst infrastructural condition of the dentistry in the province where units are not working and functional units not enough for the treatment of patients.

Dr Asim Riaz said that the condition of dental structure of tertiary care is worse than secondary and you will be surprised that seats in tertiary care are more than secondary care. There is a need to take two steps, the first step is to improve the structure and the second one is to improve functionality of all available dental units. Now comes towards the structure improvement and there we should make an assessment where already dental facilities are available and units are working properly. Second point is the number of patients visiting and third point is referral of patients from there.

He said that the dental seats are not really equally distributed among hospitals which is important to revise them for the better facility to patients. The second point is the non-functional units as they should start as soon as possible with the required protocols. He expressed that this is all about the policy-making.

Insaf Doctors Forum General Secretary said that failure in the cross infection control dental diseases are spreading rapidly and this is important to know that dental diseases are directly linked with the digestive system and also contribute  to increasing the stomach and so many other diseases.

Dr Asim suggested that we should be aware that our public dentistry not only belongs to mouth diseases it is directly linked with body’s other diseases. After awareness second phase is prevention as everybody should visit to dentist from early fifth year of his childhood.

“Changes come from the ground level and not from top, so we all should change from inside and have to practice our best, being health professional we should be sincere with our profession because the government can legislate policies and ultimately we have to practice with honesty otherwise every wonderful policy will  be destined to fail”. Dr Asim concluded.

Dentistry structure at all three tiers in Punjab is at worst level as even in primary healthcare structure, that is Basic Health Unit (BHU), no dentistry facility is available across the province”

Condition of dental structure in tertiary care is worse than secondary and you will be surprised that number of positions in tertiary care are more than secondary care” Imran Khan has already brought revolution in KP’s health sector

MTI Reforms Act will help strengthen medical facilities in Punjab

By Azhar ul Haq Wahid

The Medical Teaching Institutes (MTI) Reforms Act will provide autonomy to the state-run teaching hospitals and help strengthen the government medical facilities to the public in Punjab.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision is very much clear about uplifting of social sectors like health and education and elimination of corruption but health reforms across Pakistan is the cornerstone of his vision.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Khan has brought revolution in health sector despite huge resistance at the beginning of the party’s government.

The primary role of Insaf Doctors Forum (IDF) is to help out government in the implementation of the health policies at ground level, which provide benefits to doctors, public and also help improve health services.

Dentistry structure at all three tiers in Punjab is at worst level as even in primary healthcare structure, that is Basic Health Unit (BHU), no dentistry facility is available across the province.

These views were expressed by IDF Secretary General Lahore and Assistant Professor Fatimah Memorial Hospital Dr Asim Riaz in an exclusive interview to Daily The Business.

He said the success story of MTI Reforms Act in KP demands its replication in Punjab for the ultimate betterment in healthcare system.

The Punjab government is drafting the MTI Reforms Act which will bring the revolutionary changes in health system, Riaz said, adding the patients would be obliged in best possible ways. “The MTI Act has such wonderful benefits that in evening hours the doctors will be able to work privately in the hospital premises while about 30 percent of income will go to hospital.”

He said the appointment of much experienced and brilliant doctor like Dr Yasmin Rashid as Punjab Health Minister Punjab Government will help revolutionize the health system in the province.

“The IDF’s primary role is to help out government in the implementation of the health policies at ground level, which provide benefits to doctors, public and also help to improve health services”, Riaz said and added Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision is very much focused on health sector on the pattern of KP model.

He added that the PTI formed the KP government for second time which indicated the trust of people and every citizen in party’s policies as public at large received benefits of MTI Reforms and health cards without any cherry pick.

Dr Asim Riaz said: “The MTI Reforms Act basically provides administrative and financial autonomy to the hospitals. It also provides one line budget to produce self-budget which come through two ways: One is from the government and the other one is from hospital’s self-generation budget through private consultancy in evening time. In evening time the private consultancy will generate huge money which will be utilized for the development of the hospital under the supervision of the hospital board of governors.”

He said the MTI Reforms Act will subjugate the fresh consultants to must do private practice in the hospital and not allow a doctor to join any private hospital until specific time frame otherwise that fresh consultant would not be able to get the benefits of the MTI Reforms.

Senior doctors would not be bound to do private practice at hospital without their acquiescence, he added.

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