LAHORE - The Punjab Healthcare Commission has ordered 14 hospitals to suspend surgeries in their 21 operation theatres, and issued show-cause notices to 26 healthcare establishments for violating the PHC Act 2010, and not implementing the Minimum Service Delivery Standards.

According to a press release issued here on Thursday, one each operation theatres in 10 hospitals was suspended for surgeries . These hospitals are Islamia Hospital Chiniot, Punjab Social Security Health Management Company Hospital Muzaffargarh, Chiniot General Hospital Faisalabad, DHQ hospitals of Okara, Muzaffargarh, Khanewal and South City Okara, THQ hospital of Sadiqabad, Pasrur, Bhalwal, Shahpur and Bhera. The Gujrat Hospital and THQ Rahim Yar Khan have two each, whereas four and three operation theatres of the Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Teaching Hospital Sialkot and DHQ Hospital Sheikhupura have been disallowed all types of surgeries .

The PHC had directed administrations of these hospitals to suspend surgeries in the operation theatres because these OTs were unfit for any medical procedures. These theatres would become functional only after the administrations concerned would submit laboratory reports and written replies to the commission after having implemented the standardised measures in these theatres.

In its 27 inspections of both public and private hospitals of different districts during the last two working days, notices were served to nine hospitals for not taking requisite measures for the disposal of the medical waste. These include Noreen Nishat Hospital Khanewal, City Hospital Pakpattan, Punjab Social Security Health Management Company Hospital Muzaffargarh, THQ hospitals of Malikwal, Sadiqabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Pasrur, Bhalwal, Shahpur and Bhera.