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Health secretary gets notice over private medical college at LGH

LAHORE, Sept 18: Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique on Monday sent notice to the Punjab health secretary wanting details of his department's agreement with a US company to set up a medical college attached to Lahore General Hospital.

He said that in its advertisement the government stated it wanted to provide health facilities to the public for free. However, he said that in his opinion the project was meant for the upper classes. "This goes against the constitution and discriminates against the people of Punjab," he added.

He said that if so he was ready to tender the public's case at any forum. He said that before going to the superior courts his company Muhammad and Ahmed Law Firm had sent notice to the health secretary.

He said that it had come to his knowledge that the Post Medical Institute/Lahore General Hospital (LGH) board of management and Punjab government were entering into an agreement to set up a college with the cooperation of the Centre for International Medical Education (CIME), United States.

He said that under the proposed agreement the government had procured the project to establish a medical college and training centre for doctors, nurses and paramedics. "LGH will be exclusively attached to the project to provide required facilities for teaching, training and allied skill development," he quoted the agreement as saying.

He said he had learnt that the Punjab government would provide 100 kanals to CIME for the project.

He asked the health secretary to supply him with certified copies of the agreement (concession agreement, the lease deed and service agreement) executed between the government, LGH and CIME or the company to be incorporated by CIME.

He also asked the secretary to give him the name of the person representing CIME in Pakistan.

He said he hoped the government had followed and obeyed the law contained in the Punjab Medical and Health Institution Act 2003 and Punjab Medical and Health Institution Rules 2003. "The idea of leasing LGH must have been discussed by the board of management and therefore I may be updated with details of the minutes of the meeting and names of people who attended it or who approved it," he added. Daily Times
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