Islamabad-The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences has been separated from the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University but will remain the teaching hospital of the university, an official said on Friday.

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary got approved the pending bill from the Senate.

The SZABMU and PIMS were merged in 2013 through an act of the parliament after the former was established by the previous government. The merging of both institutions had created administrative hurdles when the Vice Chancellor of the university was given the top official position of PIMS also.

Though the Federal Medical and Dental College (FMDC) will be the teaching hospital of the SZABMU, yet the PIMS will remain as teaching hospital of the university which is acceptable to the hospital employees, said an official.

However, the teaching hospital will be headed by an Executive Director of the hospital. The post of ED will be created by replacing the Administrator PIMS, the official added.

The amendment in the approved bill stated: “PIMS shall be a teaching hospital of the University and it shall be headed by an Executive Director appointed by the Prime Minister in the manner as may be prescribed under the Civil Servants Act”.

The act also said that all the teaching posts and teaching faculty of the PIMS existing in the SZABMU have been transferred to the FMDC.

The amendment bill has given the protection to the civil servants rights to the employees of PIMS which was a longstanding demand of the employees, he said.

The amendment described that the employees of the PIMS who on or after commencement of the SZABMU Act 2017, did not exercise any option (joining university of hospital) shall continue to be governed by the civil servants act.

It also stated that the employees who had exercised the option to become employee of the University may within sixty days of the commencement of new act exercise a one-time irrevocable option of joining the hospital under civil servant act or becoming university employee.

The new approved act also added that all movable and immovable assets, funds, rights, privileges, liabilities, obligations, interests stand transferred and owned by the PIMS and be maintained by the federal government, while the university can only avail the assets for the teaching purpose.

PIMS Employees Association representative Dr Asfandyar Khan talking to The Nation said that the PIMS was the teaching hospital with University of Quadi-i-Azam (QAU) before establishing of SZABMU.

He said the merging of hospital into university gradually turned the hospital employees’ services into autonomous university set-up. “The hospital assets and employees were turning into private capacity,” he said.

Dr Asfandyar stated that the PIMS was a teaching hospital of the university when it was affiliated with the QAU and the new amendment has restored the original status of the PIMS.

Above 3000 employees have raised objection that either a medical university is established or a new medical college is up-graded to the status of the university. Public sector hospitals are attached with the colleges but administrated and maintained by respective provincial health authorities.

Dr Asfandyar said that from now onwards both entities will be administratively operational separately and the controlling authority of the hospital will be CADD Ministry.

Minister of State for CADD Dr Tariq said that the PIMS has been separated from the SZABMU while the FMDC is the teaching hospital of the university.

He also said in Senate that the CADD Ministry will allot 200 kanal LAND to THE SZABMU and Capital Development Authority (CDA) has been directed to allocate the land for the university.