KGMC BoG approves three key Appointments

PESHAWAR:May 08: The Board of Governors (BoG) of Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) on Saturday approved the appointment of the medical director, hospital director and dean Khyber Girls Medical College (KGMC). ?After the Ayub Teaching Hospital (ATH) in Abbottabad, HMC became the second public sector hospital where regular appointments were finally made. However, this was done one and a half years after implementation of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led government’s much-publicised Medical Teaching Institutions Reforms Act 2015. The BoG of HMC, which met with Sahibzada Saeed in the chair, approved ?appointment of Prof Dr Shehzad Akbar as medical director HMC, Prof Dr Noor Wazir, dean KGMC and, Dr Anees Akhtar as hospital director HMC. Besides KGMC, Prof Dr Noor Wazir will also look after affairs of Institute of Kidney Diseases (IKD), Khyber Institute of Child Health and Hospital (KICH) and Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology (PICO?). Prof Shehzad Akbar was previously working as ?acting hospital director HMC. He is a surgeon and is heading the Accident and Emergency department (A&E) and is in-charge of Surgical-C unit. Prof Dr Noor Wazir until now was serving as medical director HMC. He will replace Prof Dr Abid Hussain as dean KGMC. Prof Abid Hussain ?served the college for three and a half years and will retire on May 11. Both Prof Shehzad Akbar and Prof Noor Wazir were in the good books of the BoG, its chairman Sahibzada Saeed and Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai for their commitment and performance during the interim period. Insiders said they cooperated with the BoG and took personal interest in ?implementation of health reforms in the hospital despite facing some resistance. ?Former secretary health Mushtaq Jadoon, who has been blamed by certain PTI circles for appointing on acting charge basis medical directors and hospital directors who were against health reforms, had initially appointed Dr Mazhar Khan as medical director and Dr Khalid Latif Bangash as hospital director of HMC. Later they developed differences over the use of powers that led the resignation of Dr Mazhar Khan. The government later transferred Dr Khalid Latif Bangash, enabling the BoG to appoint the two young and pro-MTI doctors, ?Prof Noor Wazir and Prof Shehzad Akbar. “Both delivered well during their tenure and didn’t let the patients suffer even for a single day when the doctors, paramedics and nursing staff were protesting and had suspended health services for days in the LRH and KTH,” said a senior faculty member of the hospital. ?Sources in the Health Department told The News that some of the applicants were quite influential and it was generally assumed that they might succeed in getting these positions on the basis of their strong political background. “There were some big names among the applicants and some tried their best to use their political contacts but they couldn’t succeed,” said a senior official of the department. Now all eyes are on the BoGs of LRH and KTH to fulfil their commitment with the government and make regular appointments of medical directors, directors finance and nursing, and dean of Khyber Medical College (KMC) and dean LRH. According to sources, some people wanted to delay the process till Ramazan and then postpone the selection process due to summer vacations. “People opposed to MTI want to waste as much time as possible to delay the selection process of medical directors and deans so they can continue running these institutions without any hurdle,” the official said.The news.