LAHORE  -  The Punjab Healthcare Commission has suspend surgeries in 25 operation theatres of nine hospitals, and issued notices to 18 healthcare establishments for failure to meet Minimum Service Delivery Standards, and violating the PHC Act 2010.

According to a press release issued here on Thursday, in its 31 inspections of both public and private hospitals of different districts of the province during the last two days, the PHC had directed administrations of these hospitals to suspend surgeries in the operation theatres because these OTs were unfit to be kept functional. Moreover, notices had also been served to eight hospitals for not taking requisite measures for the medical waste. Out of 25 operation theatres, one each was of the Chiniot General Hospital Faisalabad, Al-Hadi Hospital Bhakkar, DHQ Hospital Layyah and THQ Hospital Jampur DG Khan, two each of the Brig Shafique Memorial Hospital Bhakkar, Wapda Hospital Faisalabad, DHQ Hospital Toba Tek Singh, six of the DHQ Teaching Hospital Sahiwal and nine were of the Bahawal Victoria Hospital Bahawalpur. These hospitals were also served notices, and directed to submit written replies to the PHC. These theatres would become functional only after the administrations concerned would submit laboratory reports to the PHC after having ensured implementation of the standardised measures in these theatres.

The Commission had also served show-cause notices to 18 hospitals, which included Idrees Hospital, Islam Central Hospital, Shahzad Bashir Hospital, Bethania Hospital, Memorial Christian Hospital, Amin Welfare Teaching Hospital, Zohra Memorial Hospital and Younas Hospital of Sialkot, Khawaja Farid Social Security Hospital and Wapda Hospital, Haji Abdul Qayyum Hospital and Silver Jubilee Maternity Hospital of Sahiwal, Maryam Children Hospital Layyah (indoor services closed as well), Civil Hospital Bahawalpur, Christian Hospital Taxila and Maryam Hospital Rawalpindi.

During the current month, the Commission has carried out inspection of 182 hospitals, suspended surgeries in 141 OTs, and served show-cause notices on 154 hospitals.

A couple of weeks ago, the Punjab Healthcare Commission suspended operation services of 52 theatres of 10 hospitals, and issued notices to 28 healthcare establishments for not implementing the Minimum Service Delivery Standards, and violating the provisions of the PHC Act 2010.

Out of the sealed operation theatres , 17 were of the Mayo Hospital, 11 of the Shalimar Hospital, and five of the Kishwar Fazal Teaching Hospital Faizpur Interchange. The rest included four each of the Data Darbar Waqf and Government Mian Mir, three each of the Lady Aitchison and Red Crescent and two each of the THQ Raiwind and Sarwat Anwar Hospital Garden Town. These have been directed not to perform any kind of surgical procedures at these theatres until the respective administrations submit laboratory reports to the Commission that standardised measures have been implemented in the theatres . All of these healthcare establishments have also been served notices.