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‘Small People In Big Chairs’: PKLI Medical Director Resigns After Refusing To Work Under ‘Incompetent’ Govt

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Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) Medical Director Amer Yar Khan resigned citing reservations over the PKLI Act 2019 saying that the Act ‘comprehensively takes away any autonomy we had which is a pre-requisite to run any facility in a modern and efficient way.’

In June 2018, PKLI Chairman Dr Saeed Akhtar was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) by the Supreme Court (SC) after the court found that PKLI was spending Rs100million on salaries of employees without a single kidney or liver transplant being conducted at the institute.

On March 1, 2019, the SC vindicated him and he was reinstated as the PKLI chairman, but an official notification was is yet to be issued by the government.

Amer Yar Khan believes that the purpose of changing the Act was to block his reinstatement as the PKLI president as ordered by the Supreme Court.

He said he aimed to resign earlier, but was convinced by the adhoc management to stay a little longer. Amer said the reason Pakistan could never develop like Malaysia or Indonesia was because ‘small people’ were occupying ‘big chairs’.

“PKLI Act 2019 gives charge of the institute to a bloated government bureaucracy which has no clue how to run modern hospitals,” he said, adding that a professional who aims to honestly fulfill his responsibilities will never accept such appointments.

Amer criticized ex-Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar calling him a ‘biased CJP’ who took a suo moto making ‘false claims’. “He did not stop there, he humiliated and threatened us in the court and specifically told me by name that he would put me behind bars. The ridiculousness is incomprehensible.”

He added that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and others went after PKLI ‘battering ram’ for 11 months.

Amer Yar Khan said he had hoped that the newly-appointed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would change things, but nothing of that sort happened. “They are ‘know it all’ there”.

He thanked colleagues and friends for being a source of continuous support and for taking PKLI to greater heights. “PKLI made HMIS, EMR, Infection Prevention and Control, Quality Assurance, Waste Managment, hepatitis elimination, hepatitis bill etc buzz words which are so essential to implement proper health care in Pakistan. This is no small achievement.”

The Punjab government said that the purpose of devising the Act was to remove legal hurdles in human organ transplantation.

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  1. Danyal March 30, 2019

    Long before the chairman pkli was vindicated by the apex court , it was very obvious that saqib nisar has staged the whole drama at the behest of his brother sajid nisar and to meligne the pmln govt

  2. ABDUL ALEEM March 31, 2019

    i wept a lot….. pity the nation

  3. Fahim April 1, 2019

    It is difficult to decide who is right and who is wrong. Liver transplant was started in sh zaid hospital but failed. In a country where no action is taken for prevention of liver disorders, what this institute will do. Just wastage of time and money.

  4. sameena parveen April 1, 2019

    This is not fair, i think government should take initiative how to improve health care settings and it should be up to tje standards. It is not only about PKLI,its about all health care settings at Pakistan.
    If anyone is doing good, they should appreciate and facilitate them.
    We have to make banchmarks and baselines and then v have to work for improvement.
    It will enhance health care.and every health care settings should maintain same standards.

  5. Saira Hameed April 1, 2019

    What a pity! Respected Justice Nisar well done. This nation will remember you always in good words, what a great job you did taking su Moto action against PkLI old team. How they dare to take 12 lakh salary being just doctors who were going to serve thousands of poor Pakistani’s who I have seen dying in miserable condition with liver failure who can’t afford to get transplant from foreign countries or even in their own. I am waiting for su Moto notice against salaries increase by Punjab assembly members. But may be they deserve it , as they are really serving nation. And PTi government bravo! Keep it up, thanks for tabdeli.

  6. Khalid Bukhari April 2, 2019

    انتہائی افسوس اور رنج کا مقام ہے۔ واقعی صحیح کہا ڈاکٹر صاحب نے کی انتہائی اہم مقامات پر انتہائی نااہل لوگ بیٹھے ہیں۔ ثاقب نثار کی ڈرامہ بازیاں، نیب جیسے نااہل ادارے کا غلط استعمال اور نالائق بیوروکریسی اس قوم و ملک کی بد قسمتی ہیں۔ اللہ عمران خان کو ہدایت دے اور اس قوم پر رحم کرے۔ آمین۔


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