The Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination was held on Wednesday under the Chairmanship of Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh. Attended by Senator Dr. Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Senator Dilawar Khan, Senator Dr. Ashok Kumar, Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, Senator Sana Jamali, Senator Dr. Liaqat Khan Tarakai, Senator Dr. Asad Ashraf and senior officers of the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination alongwith its attached Departments and NESPAK. The Minster of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination was also present.
The meeting commenced with a briefing by Head of IT NESPAK Mr. Khalid Mahmood regarding high bidding for the development of MIS software for registration of PMDC doctors. The Committee enquired about the criteria of selection and the basis on which marks were awarded to the company. Chairman Committee, Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh enquired the reason for huge difference and variation of bidding quoted by NESPAK and another Private Sector organization for the project. He said that the Committee’s only concern was about quality control and directed the Ministry to look into all aspects of this matter and take full responsibility for this.
While discussing the issue of sub-standard medication Senator Prof. Dr Mehr Taj Roghani stressed the need to discard red tapism and move forward quickly. The Committee directed the Ministry to complete the investigation within a week. While discussing the issue of fake doctors working in government hospitals, the Committee decided to forward this issue to the sub-committee, constituted earlier by the Committee, for review. The Committee directed the Commissioner Office Islamabad to begin a drive to monitor such activity in different areas of Islamabad. A compliance report is to be submitted every year. Stressing the need for accelerating the process of formulating the Islamabad Healthcare Authority, it was revealed that documentation for this had been sent to the Law Division for review. Chairman Committee, Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh was of the view that establishment of the Authority was imperative for the improvement of healthcare in Islamabad.
While reviewing the Public Petition of Dr. Daud Shamail regarding recognition of degrees; the Committee decided to call the Chairman of the Standing Recognition Committee during the tenure of 13-22 April for more details.
While discussing the Public Petition moved by Dr. Mohd. Irfan regarding basic conditions for admission of Homeopathic Institutions, the Committee endorsed his views and recommended that minimum qualification of FSc was imperative for admission to any such institution.