Federal govt decides not to retain control of three major Karachi hospitals
KARACHI: The federal government has decided not to retain control of Karachi’s three major public hospitals and handed the ownership back to the provincial government.
The three major hospitals were Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC), National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and National Institute of Child Health (NICH).
The centre had taken control of the port city’s three major hospitals in May following Supreme Court orders.
In January, the apex court rejected a set of appeals, including one filed by the Sindh government, claiming the ownership of three major hospitals in Karachi in the wake of devolution of the health sector under the 18th Amendment. Therefore, according to the decision, the control of the three hospitals continued to remain with the federal government.
The ownership of NICVD, JPMC and NICH has been a matter of dispute between the federal and provincial government for some time now.
The three public sector hospitals previously run by the federal government had come under the control of the Sindh government following the 18th Constitutional Amendment, by which the health sector was devolved from the federation to the provinces.