Jul 04

Punjab cuts medicine, uplift budget by 43pc

Punjab government has reduced budget allocated for medicines and uplift projects by 43 percent.Punjab cuts medicine

About Rs 26 billion have been spent on the payment of salaries of doctors, vehicles and other facilities while Rs 1.10 billion were spent for Health Professional Allowance.

According to documents of Punjab Finance Department, Punjab government had decided to spend Rs 12.10 for provision of medicines, x-rays machines, operation theaters, purchase of other instruments and construction of new buildings during last fiscal year but only Rs 6.30 billion could be spent in this regard.

It also has been revealed in documents that Rs 26 billion were spent for the payment of salaries of doctors, paramedical staff and other facilities.

Apart from this, Rs 1.10 billion has been paid as health professional allowance under an agreement between doctors and the government of Punjab.

During current fiscal year, the Punjab government has allocated Rs 166 per capita for provision of medical facilities and other development schemes in accordance with the ratio of population while Rs 832 per capita have been allocated for non-development expenditures.