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12,000 employees to get a health-risk allowance in Islamabad next week: PM’s aide

Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination met under the chairmanship of Khalid Magsi in Islamabad.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan on Monday assured a parliamentary committee that the health-risk allowance will be paid to 12,000 government employees in the federal capital next week.

He stated this while briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) at a meeting chaired by MNA Khalid Hussain Magsi.

Dr. Sultan said a list of the 12,000 employees had been forwarded to the Finance Division but due to some objections it was returned.

He assured the committee that next week the allowance would be paid to all the 12,000 employees.

Grand Health Alliance Islamabad Chairman Dr. Asfandyar Khan told Dawn that the ministry of NHS had moved a summary to the Finance Division to pay the health-risk allowance to clinical and non-clinical employees of the health facilities.

NA body passes Islamabad Healthcare Regulations (Amendment) Bill 2021

The Finance Division was of the view that the allowance should be given to the healthcare workers who directly dealt with the Covid patients and non-clinical employees working in kitchens, accounts and administration should not get it, he said.

He said according to the ministry, five basic pay would be given to the clinical employees and only one basic pay to the non-clinical staff.

“We are thankful to Dr Sultan and the secretary health for taking personal interest and assuring us that the health-risk allowance worth Rs2 billion would be paid to the employees. We have suggested that during the current financial year the allowance should be paid every month,” he said.

Meanwhile, the standing committee unanimously passed ‘The Islamabad Healthcare Regulations (Amendment) Bill 2021’ moved by MNA Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto.

The bill suggests that the healthcare authority should take steps to prevent persons from fraudulently practicing the healthcare profession.

It would also make anti-quackery cells or teams take action against small hospitals, clinics operating in the suburbs of cities.

The bill also proposed to mandate the healthcare authority to take steps against quackery.

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