LAHORE: The government has authorized private practice for doctors in social security hospitals and the income from institutional private practice (IPP) will be spent on development projects and equipping hospitals with modern machines.
This was announced Friday by the Minister of Labor of Punjab, Ansar Majeed Khan Niazi, during a ceremony at Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Social Security Hospital. Labor Secretary Punjab Liaqat Ali, Commissioner Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) Bilal Haider and MS Naeem Baig attended the ceremony.
The minister said there will be a separate counter for private patients and that private practice will only be allowed in the evening. The Labor Department is digitizing its work to make it better for workers, he added.
Labor Department will issue Mazdoor cards to more than 1.1 million workers for whom data research is being conducted. The printing process of ‘Mazdoor Card’ linked to bank account would be started after verification of all data.
Labor Minister said the digitization at Rehmatul lil Alameen hospital has made the system more transparent. All other PESSI hospitals will be digitized within two years, he said. Commissioner PESSI said 60 percent of IPP’s income would be spent on hospital staff, while 30 percent of income would be spent on hospital development alone, the commissioner said.