Ombudsman intervenes to fill long-vacant positions in Lahore hospital

LAHORE: As a result of the own motion notice taken in the public interest by Punjab Ombudsman retired Major Azam Suleman Khan, three anaesthetists and senior registrars have been recruited against long-vacant positions in Lady Willingdon Hospital of Lahore.

Meanwhile, the process of male and female medical officers’ recruitment was also being completed speedily to provide medical facilities to patients.

Khan took this own motion notice over a news item published in a daily disclosing that different seats of anaesthetists, child specialists, senior registrar (pediatric), administration doctors and medical officers were lying vacant in the metropolis’ largest gynaecological facility.

While taking cognizance of this, the provincial ombudsman directed the health department to expedite the recruitment process of medical officers and an organised system should also be evolved for timely recruitments against vacant posts while the hiring process may not suffer any bureaucratic snafu.

In compliance with the instructions, the ombudsman office has been informed that a committee has been constituted under administrative secretaries of the primary and secondary healthcare and specialized healthcare and medical education departments to devise an automation system for dealing with such administrative issues.

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