KARACHI- Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned the taking over of Sindh’s three major hospitals by the federal government and termed it as an attack on provincial autonomy.
In a statement, the PPP Chairman said, “The people of Sindh have invested billions of rupees on revolutionary improvements in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and National Health of Child Health (NICH) after these hospitals were handed over to the province under the 18th amendment.”
Expansion of NICVD hospitals to several cities of the province has excelled the performance of Sindh government, which paid for expensive cardiac treatments of patients from all over Pakistan, he added.
Bilawal Bhutto said that taking over these main health infrastructures without waiting for the final verdict of the Supreme Court on a review petition filed by Sindh government has displayed the arrogance of the federal government and their contempt for the supreme judiciary.
He pointed out that PPP’s Sindh government was spending Rs12.5 billion on NICVD and Rs4 billion to JPMC annually to ensure quality treatments that were being provided free-of-cost to patients from all over Pakistan. Sindh government has been providing state of the art health facilities to people from every corner of the country without any charges, he said.
Bilawal Bhutto made it clear that his party and the people of Sindh would not allow anyone to usurp the hard-earned assets of health facilities and categorically said that resistance will be mounted at every available forum, warning the federal government to withdraw the said notification before the public outrage mounted.