Punjab govt given a month to reinstate liver transplant unit
LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday took suo motu notice of closure of Liver Transplant Unit in Sheikh Zayed Hospital.
While taking suo motu notice, the CJP summoned Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique and monitoring committee of the hospital.
Giving his remarks, Justice Saqib Nisar said that the hospital’s Liver Transplant Unit has been closed for five months to which Director Technical Murtaza said that the decision to shut the unit was taken after the death of a donor.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) said that following the death of a donor, you stopped liver transplant.
Dr Murtaza shared that the transplants were being held at Al-Shifa Hospital during this time.
“We know why transplant operations are being conducted there,” the CJP remarked, adding that transplant unit was closed just to benefit Al-Shifa Hospital.”How much money for one transplant is being given to Al-Shifa Hospital,” the top judge asked.
Rs3.5million is charged from one transplant patient at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, said Dr Murtaza, adding that Al-Shifa is given Rs4.01million for the transplant of one patient.
“You closed down the unit is January. The inquiry report hasn’t been submitted even after five months,” observed Chief Justice Nisar.
Upon which, Dr Murtaza said that Human Organs Transplant Authority (HOTA) monitoring committee has called a meeting on May 20 over the issue.
The top judge also asked if the transplant unit has adequate facilities to conduct a transplant, to which Dr Murtaza said that the unit has all the facilities but it needs HOTA’s permission to conduct the operation.
“The nurses and doctors were employed on hefty incomes at the hospital. Please submit details of it,” the CJP said.
PKLI head and his wife are being paid hefty income, he remarked, adding that a report should be submitted to the court over the issue. CJP takes notice of hefty salaries at kidney and liver institute
The chief justice remarked that he had directed chief secretary Punjab’s to send the report to my house. “Why he did not send it,” he questioned.
“Funds worth billions of rupees were released for the hospital, of which millions were just spent on employees’ incomes,” Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) observed, adding that not a single operation was conducted at the health facility.
He also summoned details of Rs20 billion funds allocated for Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) said that a doctor was hired on Rs3.5 million but not a single operation was conducted.
Before adjourning the hearing CJ ordered provincial minister to improve conditions of governmental hospitals in a month.