Islamabad: Battle’ for Capital Hospital executive director intensifies

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Islamabad: Battle’ for Capital Hospital executive director intensifies
Friday, January 21, 2011
Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Joint Executive Director (JED) Dr. Raja Amjad, who became a controversial figure for striving to become the executive director (ED) of the Capital Hospital of the CDA, claimed that he is the most eligible candidate for the post.
He also alleged that the incumbent executive director of the Capital Hospital, Dr. Siddique Akbar Satti, who is holding the office on ‘current charge’ basis, is not eligible on technical grounds as according to the laid down rules only the Director Health Services of the CDA, or a dermatologist, or a radiologist, or a surgeon or a gynaecologist could be appointed in the office of the executive director while Dr Siddique Akbar Satti is a physician.
He also pointed out that the criteria for appointment of executive director in the Capital Hospital is on the basis of 80:20 ratios for promotion and direct recruitment on contract or deputation basis. He said that now there is space for appointment of the executive director of the Capital Hospital from outside the Capital Hospital on contract or on deputation basis.
He claimed that after the retirement of Dr. Hamid Zeb, the two eligible candidates for promotion from the Capital Hospital, Dr. Naveed Ashfaq, who is a surgeon, is on long ex-Pakistan leave while the second eligible candidate, Dr. Ghazala Shabnam, a gynaecologist, is under an inquiry against her. So, he added, this leaves space for appointment of the executive director from outside the Capital Hospital on contract or deputation basis.
About the incumbent executive director of the Capital Hospital, Dr. Siddique Akbar Satti, he said that being a physician, he lacks the administrative and managerial skills to run such a reputed institution like the Capital Hospital. He also alleged that because of lack of managerial and administrative skills of Dr. Satti, doctors, paramedical staff and the rest of the support staff of the Capital Hospital are suffering.
When approached the officials in the CDA said that Dr. Siddique Akbar Satti is the most eligible and suitable candidate to be promoted as the executive director of the Capital Hospital.
They said that Dr. Satti joined the Capital Hospital as associate physician in 1992 directly in BPS-18. “He was promoted to Grade-19 in May 2004 after 12 years of service. According to rules, he should have been promoted to Grade-19 after five years of service in Grade-18.
But he was victimised by the then executive director of the Capital Hospital, Dr. Manzoor, and was denied promotion way beyond the period it was due,” sources in the CDA told ‘The News’.
Sources said that Dr. Satti was promoted in Grade-20 in March 2010, at least a year after his promotion was already due. “There were three names presented to the CDA Board for promotion to Grade-20 including Dr. Ghazala Shabnam Raja and Surgeon Dr. Naveed Ashfaq. However, as an inquiry into the death of a paramedical staff was pending at that time against Dr. Ghazala Shabnam Raja and Surgeon Dr. Naveed Ashfaq, their cases were deferred and only Dr. Satti was promoted,” sources in the CDA said.
Sources in the Capital Hospital claimed that Dr. Satti was the legal and rightful choice for the office of the executive director of the hospital. “When the former executive director, Dr Hamid Zeb, retired after an extension in service on April 2010, the charge of the office was given to Dr. Satti because he was the most senior doctor in the hospital.
However, Dr. Hamid Zeb got an extension of six months in his service only after two days and Dr. Satti handed back the charge of the office,” sources in the Capital Hospital told ‘The News’.
“When Dr. Hamid Zeb eventually retired at the end of the second extension of six months in his service on 1st November, 2010, Dr. Satti, being the senior most doctor in BPS-20, was again handed over the ‘current charge’ of the Capital Hospital with the consent of the competent authority (chairman CDA) and since then he is running the affairs of the institution very effectively. He was given the charge of the office in accordance with the CDA’s service rules and regulations,” they claimed.
They said that according to the CDA Service Regulation 1992 this post of the executive director of the Capital Hospital has to be filled by 20 per cent through ‘initial appointment’ and 80 per cent through promotion.
“There is no clause permitting filling this post on contract or on deputation basis at all. According to the Service Regulation 1992 either the CDA has to announce the vacancy and invite application from the eligible candidates to fill the post or it is done through in-house promotion on seniority basis, but not on deputation in any case,” they pointed out.
They said that there was no outside influence for the promotion of Dr. Satti in Grade-20 and as far as his brother’s influence in the matter is concerned, Lieutenant General (r) Salahuddin Satti had already retired and had been appointed as Pakistan’s ambassador to Brunei, where he is posted for the last over a year or so.
They also said that Dr. Satti was the most senior Grade-20 officer in the Capital Hospital and enjoys an unblemished service record. “There is another lady doctor, Dr. Ghazala Mumtaz, who has recently been promoted to Grade-20 as well, but she is junior to Dr. Satti,” sources in the Capital Hospital told ‘The News’.
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