Hamid Mir questions govt’s good governance claims, cites mess at PIMS

A view of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad.–File photo

A senior Pakistani journalist and TV anchor on Monday questioned the government’s claims about good governance in the country, citing an administrative mess at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

After speaking on a live TV programme, Hamid Mir posted on Twitter, “Good governance??? A man who runs a hair transplant clinic has been made head of Islamabad’s largest hospital, PIMS and he is a PTI [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf] activist. The executive director is a dentist and the OPD has been closed for eight months. Treatment here has been made expensive and the staff has been protesting for the last one month.”

PIMS employees are currently protesting against the Medical Teaching Institution (MTI) Ordinance.

On Saturday (December 26), which happened to be the 28th day of the protest by the PIMS staff, a large number of consultants and professors working at PIMS joined the strike for withdrawal of the MTI Ordinance.

The senior leadership of the medial fraternity formed of a five-member action committee that would engage with the government in case the latter decides to negotiate with the protesters.

On Monday (December 28), Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan was trying to sort out issues with the Federal Grand Health Alliance (FGHA) as he had invited them to meet him at his office to discuss issues relating to the MTI Ordinance.

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