Lahore:Technical Advisory Committee of Punjab Healthcare Commission has adopted a unanimous resolution with regard to provision of facilities for improving the standard of healthcare in the province. This standard known as “Minimum Service Delivery Standards” (MSDS) will be implemented all over the province and will be binding upon government and private hospitals, health centers and laboratories to implement it.
Secretary Health Punjab, Arif Nadeem, while addressing the inaugural function of Technical Advisory Committee under the aegis of Punjab Healthcare Commission, said that Punjab government is fully aware of this fact that there is a need of comprehensive and practical steps for providing best health facilities to the people of the province. Under the resolution, government, private hospitals, health centers, laboratories and other such institutions implementing this standard will be able to get license. Punjab Healthcare Commission is an autonomous body which has been set up under Punjab Healthcare Commission Act and its aim is to improve the health facilities, redress complaints about treatment and completely eliminate quackery through enforcing clinical governance in public health institutions in Punjab.
Technical Advisory Committee has been set up under the relevant laws and its objective is to provide guidance to the Commission in the matters relating to public health. This committee will provide technical assistance relating to matters of Healthcare Commission and its members will work as brand ambassador of Commission.
Addressing the committee, Chairman of Healthcare Commission Board of Commissioners, Justice (Retd) Amir Raza Khan welcomed the participants of the seminar and also highlighted in detail the importance of Technical Advisory Committee in the success of Punjab Healthcare Commission. Chief Operating Officer, Dr.Muhammad Ajmal Khan while presenting detailed review of the organization informed about the matters of various Directorates. Internationally reputed health expert Lindsay Sales also gave briefing to the members of the committee regarding Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS). Punjab Medical and Dental Council, College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, Pakistan Medical Association, Pakistan Nursing Council, King Edward Medical University, University of Health Sciences, Homeopathy Tib & Pharmacy Council, Punjab Medical Faculty, Private Health Sector, District Governments and Young Doctors have representation in Technical Advisory Committee.
Later, Convener of Technical Advisory Committee, Dr.Asad Ashraf in his concluding remarks assured Healthcare Commission his full cooperation on behalf of Technical Advisory Committee.