Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government had decided to overcome the deficiency of doctors in government hospitals. The doctors’ appointments made on regular basis through Public service Commission always took two years’ time. A policy of contractual appointment for six months was approved, which should have been at least for one year, if improvement in healthcare services was intended. Three hundred doctors were appointed, out of which, formal appointment letters were issued for 206 doctors. The file of reaming 94 doctors remained in shuttle for three months between the offices of Director General Health and Secretary Health, before formal notification of their appointment was issued.
Currently, government hospitals are confronted with a dearth of 1300 medical officers, in addition about 400 Trainee Medical Officers, which needs to be filled on emergency basis during the serious pandemic of covid-19. Unfortunately, there is no fulltime health minister who can lead and redress the problems faced by the department and medical fraternity. On the contrary, other federating units of the country have professional and competent health ministers. It proves that KP has always been an experimental guinea pig used by the policy makers, whether its healthcare or education. This trend has been so consistent that previously, there was no health secretary for almost a year in KP. Global pandemic indicator clearly reveals that it will not go away anytime sooner. Moreover, WHO has also stressed upon the fact that a fresh wave of COVID-19 is also in the making. It is a dire time now to induct a full time health minister in provincial cabinet, who is competent and dedicated to carry forward the fight against the pandemic headlong.