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18th Amendment: SC hears federal hospitals’ case

ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a petition related to transfer of federal government hospitals to provinces under the 18th Amendment, ARY News reported on Friday.

A counsel informed the bench that the case has been pending with the Lahore High Court (LHC).

The lawyer of Sindh government argued that the court had ruled on June 09 for constitution of a larger bench for hearing of the case.

The CJP asked, which hospitals of Sindh have been (in federal control). The Jinnah Hospital, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and National Institute of Child Health (NICH) have been in federal control.

Sindh’s counsel pleaded in a request for more time for the case.

The court adjourned the hearing till January 03.

The 18th Amendment in the constitution of Pakistan in April 19, 2010 enhanced the provincial autonomy and devolved several federal ministries to the provinces including the portfolio of health.

After passage of the amendment scores of federally government hospitals also devolved to the provincial health departments.

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