JPMC admn stops NGOs charging fees from patients

KARACHI: The administration of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) has stopped Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from charging fees in account of performing diagnostics tests or in provision of other health facilities to visiting patients.

JPMC Focal Person Jawaid Akhter Jamali, said several complains had been received by the administration against NGOs operating in the premises of hospital over charging fees from visiting patients in provision of diagnostic and other health facilities. He said news against these NGOs had also appeared in some section of press.

In this connection, a meeting was held under supervision Prof Dr Tariq Mehmood. The senior faculty members and heads of departments also attended it. The participants discussed this issue in detail and decided to stop NGOs charging fees from patients, he added.

He informed that the administration had stopped NGOs from charging fees from poor patients in account of provision of health facilities. He said administration had directed NGOs representatives to provide free of cost diagnostic and health facilities to visiting patients. He said JPMC is a government hospital and is management bound to provide treatment facilities to patients free of cost.

It is pertinent to mention here that about half-dozen NGOs are operating in the hospital, generally obtained funds from local private donors and international charity organizations for provision of treatment facilities to poor patients free of cost but instead of providing facilities to patients without any cost, they are charging fees from poor patients.

Pakistan Paramedical Staff Association (PPMSA) Sindh President, Mohammad Ismail Jiskani welcomed the step of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) administration and said that the decision will help improve patient care in the hospital. He said the government hospitals are bound to provide treatment facilities to patients free of cost.