Islamabad: President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday singed the Career Structure for Health Personnel (CSHP) Ordinance there by giving incentives to the doctors while retaining their status as public servants.
Briefing the media, spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said the Ordinance addressed the longstanding demand of medical practitioners and was applicable to the doctors under the federal government.
The sanction is giving legal sanction to new career structure of health professionals especially doctors, he added.
However, the provinces could adopt it also as model as health had been devolved to the provinces after the 18th Amendment, Babar said. “The provinces have been shown the way but it is for them to adopt their own structures and systems in health services or take a cue from the federal government,” he said.
The new career structure was prepared in consultation with all stakeholders and on the basis of consensus of the medical community and that is what makes it unique.
The spokesman said that the Ordinance is applicable to all health personnel serving in the Federal health institutions and related organizations under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government and would come into force at once and shall deem to have taken effect from 1st day of July 2011.
The new legislation envisages replacing the current Basic Pay Scale system (BPS-1 to 22) currently applicable to the health personnel with the special Health Personnel Pay scale (HPS 1 to 13) would be applicable to all categories of medical practitioners including paramedics and support services personnel, serving in the Federal health institutions and related organization under the federal government.
He said that entry into this scheme would be optional for the existing employees. However, all fresh appointments shall be made under the new scheme.
Every health personnel immediately before the commencement of this ordinance shall be required to exercise an irrevocable option either to continue in the present pay and service structure or to opt for the new scheme within a period of thirty days from the date of promulgation of this ordinance.
The Ordinance envisages that the monetary benefits of all the health personnel under the scheme including pay, pension, perks and privileges shall not be less favorable than those admissible to them before the commencement of Scheme.
Babar said that the honoring the doctors demand for exclusive career structure along with an independent pay scale and a performance evaluation system based on evaluating quantifiable targets the government had fulfilled a long standing demanding of the medical professionals.
Another notable feature of the new career structure was the health allowances which starting with 2000 rupees a month would go as high as 45, 000 rupees a month. The health allowance would be as HPS- 1 to 2 (Rs 2,000), HPS-3 to 5 (Rs 3,000),HPS-6 (Rs 4,000), HPS-7 (Rs 5,000), HPS-8 (Rs 7,000), HPS-9 (Rs 10,000), HPS-10 (Rs 20,000), HPS-11 (Rs 30,000), HPS-12 (Rs 40,000) and HPS-13 (Rs 45,000).
The health personnel shall be deemed to be public servants with the meaning of section 21 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (Act XLV of 1860).