LAHORE – The doctors and paramedical staff of Sheikh Zayed Hospital have expressed their reservations over the Federal Government’s decision to devolve the healthcare centre to the Punjab under the 18th Amendment. The Punjab Government, however, has welcomed the decision, saying it should have been decided soon after the passage of the amendment.

The SZH doctors believe that the decision would not only damage their service structure, but would also cause a blow to the repute and standards of the hospital. “Now we are working at one place. After the devolution, the Punjab Health Department can transfer doctors and other staff to any public sector hospital in the province.

Moreover, doctors and other staff are getting one additional basic salary every month that is not in practice in the province,” said a doctor while seeking anonymity.

Talking to TheNation, SZH Chairman Prof Zafar Iqbal said that devolution of the institution was not a worry for the staff. He said that his team would continue to work for maintaining standard and ensuring provision of quality healthcare facilities to the masses.