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Health department to present three bills in Punjab Assembly


LAHORE: Provincial Health Department has finalised three major legislation which would be presented to the Punjab Assembly, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

The provincial health department formulated three major regulations including Punjab Authority for Prevention of Thalassaemia Bill, which was finalised for its approval.

Moreover, Violence Against Doctors and Other Healthcare Personnel Bill, and Medical Teaching Institutions Act have also entered into the conclusive phase.

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The major regulations were reviewed in a high-level session chaired under Punjab’s health minister Dr Yasmin Rashid today. Rashid said that the regulations will be presented before the provincial assembly for its approval.

On April 4, Yasmin Rashid had excused provision of free drugs to all patients and said that the facility would be provided to the persons receiving treatment at emergency centres and hospitals.

Dr Yasmin Rashid clarified that the facility could not be extended to all patients of Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) if the provincial government spends its overall budget on free medicines.

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She said that the government has a responsibility to provide free medicines to the patients under treatment in state-owned hospitals.

Rashid added that patients admitted in the labour room and emergency centres would be given the facility.

Commenting over hike in medicines’ prices, the minister said that pharmaceutical companies took the step after variation in rates of US dollar and devaluation of Pakistani currency.



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