LAHORE - University of Health Sciences Board of Governors Chairman Senator Ishaq Dar on Monday said that improvement in the health sector for the provision of modern medical facilities to the masses is the top priority of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The provincial government has increased the health budget three times within three years, the senator said while addressing a three-day workshop arranged under the Inspire Programme in the light of a MoU signed between University of Health Sciences and University of Liverpool (UK). He said the UHS had got international recognition within a short span of time and world-renowned educational institutions were coming forward to launch various programmes with its collaboration. Ishaq said that results of collaboration between UHS and UOL in the fields of education, research and training would be reflected in training of medical teachers, curriculum revival and capacity-building of medical experts. He said that medical teachers of both the universities would benefit from each others experiences. Commenting on the health sector reforms by Punjab government, he said that besides regularizing 6000 doctors, four new medical colleges have been established. He said that free medicines and dialysis facility is being provided in public sector hospitals. He said that the PML-N government has also announced a historic pay package of Rs. 5.20 billion for the doctors which reflects the commitment of the Chief Minister Punjab towards health sector reforms. On this occasion, Vice Chancellor UHS, Professor Dr Hussain Mubashar Malik, Director of Studies Liverpool University Professor Dr Ian Willis, Dr Janet Stivens, Justice (R) Aamir Raza Khan, Faculty Members of UHS and principals of affiliated medical colleges were also present.