Management Boards for Hospitals
Siddiqui, Abdul Ghani, Economic Review
A NEWS item in daily 'Dawn' (June 12) mentioned that the government of Sindh has constituted management boards for Civil Hospital Karachi, Lyari General Hospital Karachi, Chandka Medical College, Larkana. The object of these boards is to improve the working condition of these hospitals. in view of the rising complaints from the public. This is definitely a step in the right direction, provided the government is sincere to improve the working conditions of the hospital.
If the government means business it has to do much more than induction of management board. With politicians as member/chairman this may prove counterproductive.
Besides most political parties have their youth wings in all the medical college of Sindh, particularly those in the public sector. The government is well aware of their activities and their negative role in education. Yet the government wants their god-fathers to play a role in the management of teaching hospitals. These gun-toting youths have indulged in acts that have derailed medical education. These include, Bhatta collection, self-granted leaves, taking away college buses for joy rides and for attending anniversaries of their leaders. These youth interfere with the examination result and are directly involved in copy culture and now in guess papers culture. They are given guess papers by the college teacher and the question must be from these guess papers, not a change of word is allowed.
Since the teaching hospitals are a part of the Medical College where the clinical training is given to future doctors and consultants it is the Medical Colleges for which the board should have been constituted. In our country the muck starts from the top. It is a well known fact that many of the Professors do not take their classes regularly (which is once a week) but delegate the task to their junior doctors. The Principal seems to be helpless. In some of the medical colleges of Sindh, late arrival of Professors (some times at noon) is common, they prefer private practice in the morning hour, avoid O.P.D.S and clinical teaching, manipulate examination results on Sifarish and Purchees and so on.
One honest, good, hardworking and God-fearing administrator can make a difference. Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Institute owes its present status to one person who became the Administrator in the Ayub era. In the same way Liaquat Medical College won laurels on the international level because of the one Colonel who was the long remembered as Principal of the College. …