MTI hospitals’ retirees
Doctors, nurses and paramedical staff who preferred to remain government servants after the enforcement of MTI Act in teaching hospitals are not getting salaries and the ones who had retired in 2016 and 2017 have not got the facility pension disbursement for the want of a clear policy. Health department has sent a draft about the pension policy to law department for vetting after which it shall be submitted for the approval of provincial cabinet.
A problem of similar nature had arisen in 1975 when Town Planning Department had been wounded up after the creation of Peshawar Development Authority into which the employees of defunct department had been inducted. At that time the issue of pension to the employees of former Town Planning department had been solved by the then Services and General Administration Department in consultation with Finance Department by framing necessary rules and regulations that remained operational till the retirement of last employee in 2013.
Framing pay and pension rules for doctors and paramedical staff in MTI hospitals, who fall in the category of government servants, should not be treated like rocket science and necessary guidance and input can be taken from earlier precedents that can be found in the old files of establishment department. A few years ago Supreme Court of Pakistan had given a verdict for the disposal of pension cases of government servants who stand retired in government departments and autonomous bodies other than their parent departments. It is beyond comprehension that four years have passed after the enforcement of MTI Act and government allowed hundreds of employees of teaching hospital, who had completed pension qualifying service, to exercise the option of remaining in government service but did not prepare a clear policy for their pension.