LAHORE, March 26: THE Lahore High Court was informed on March 25 that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had given approval for creating 198 new posts in the Health Department for regularisation of assistant professors, and senior medical officers who were working on a contract basis.
Justice Umer Atta Bandial was hearing the case of assistant professors and senior medical officers for regularisation in the Health Department filed through their counsel Dr Abdul Basit and Hafiz Farooq Nasim.
A summery approved by the CM was submitted in the court on Friday by the counsel for the Health Department and additional advocate general Punjab, revealing the development.
Reading out the summery, the counsel for health department said that 70/80 assistant professors and 90 senior medical officers, who could not be regularised in 2009, were being regularised as the CM had approved creation of 198 such posts. Moreover, 79 cases of associate professors and professors (contract basis) were being sent to the Punjab Public Service Commission for regularisation in the health department, the summery added.
The report said the PPSC would interview the doctors and new candidates would not be considered for regularisation. Moreover, the Heath Department had constituted a committee, consisting of secretary Regulation and secretary Services to decide individual seniority of more than 6,000 doctors who were regularised from 2009 till to date. For this purpose, guidelines had already been formulated.
The counsel for the Health department also said that in future 50 percent quota of senior registrars would be fixed for promotion as assistant professors. It would help prepare service structure of teaching cadre in the Punjab Health department.
The judge, appreciating the steps taken by the Punjab government for solving a long standing issue of regularisation of senior doctors on merit, remarked that now clear point of view of the government had come before the court and if the petitioners had any objection against it, they should file their rejoinder on the next hearing. The court adjourned the further hearing of the case till April 4.