Public-private partnership to run non-functional depts of ASH

Karachi: The administration of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) is considering privatization of all non-functional departments of hospital for improvement of hospital’s performance.

The biggest Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) run teaching hospital of Karachi city has been facing serious problems since long like shortage of medicines and non-functional of different departments.

The hospital sources on condition of anonymity confirmed said to overcome the crises the administration is considering a proposal of privatization of some non-functional departments.

The administration has started consultation with KMC officers on the proposal to run these departments of under public-private partnership for betterment health delivery system. The sources said some private organizations have showed interest in taking administrative powers of different departments of hospital.

They said administration is considering to run trauma centre, OPD, operation theatre, radiology department, burns centre and pharmacy under public private partnership. However, Medical Superintendent ASH Dr Nadeem Rajput was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.

In-charge media department KMC Ali Hassan Sajid, when contacted, said discussion is under way for handing-over administrative powers of different department of hospital to private organizations after getting assurance of running these departments smoothly and overall improvement of health delivery system in the hospital. However, no final decision has been taken as yet.

It was pertinent of mention here that different non-functional departments of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and National Institute of Child Health (NICH) were given to different non-governmental organization or donors for their improvement.

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