CPSP planning to establish five 250-Bed Hospitals, 3 Postgraduate Colleges of Nursing and Auditorium cum-Convention Center

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Regional Center and 50-Bed Hospital being set up in Gilgit-Baltistan

CPSP planning to establish five 250-Bed Hospitals,
3 Postgraduate Colleges of Nursing and
Auditorium cum-Convention Center

25 Acres of land acquired in Lahore, Ten acres in Islamabad while
different sites are under consideration for purchase of
25-Acres land in Karachi-Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry

MOU with Birmingham University Hospital to provide
two years training facilities to hundred doctors every year

KARACHI: Council members of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan feel that the time has come that the CPSP should have its own teaching and training hospitals in all the provinces including Gilgit Baltistan. Hence, the college has embarked upon an ambitious development project which envisages establishment of five 250-bed hospitals in all the four provinces and Gilgit Baltistan. Later on these hospitals will be further expanded and their bed strength will be increased to 500-bed. This was stated by Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of CPSP while talking to Pulse International last week. This project, he further stated, will be implemented in phases.


Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry
President of CPSP

First we had strengthened all the Regional Centers and a new Regional Center with a 50-Bed hospital is now being set up in Gilgit-Baltistan where it is very much needed. Since no hospital can be run efficiently without the support of nursing, CPSP has also decided to establish three postgraduate colleges of nursing one each at Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. There are many countries who wish to send their doctors for training to Pakistan and they are also prepared to pay handsome tuition fee. Hence, these overseas postgraduates will be accommodated in these teaching hospitals which will also earn revenue to help run these hospitals efficiently making these projects sustainable in the long run.

Giving further details of the project, Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said that previously CPSP got land on lease from Government of Pakistan but it requires lot of funding to develop infrastructure which is not advisable to invest on borrowed land. Hence, the college has purchases twenty five acres of land which may be extended to twenty seven acres near the new University of Health Sciences Lahore Campus in Kala Shah Kaku in the Education city in Lahore. Ten acres of land has been acquired in Islamabad while three sites are under consideration to acquire twenty five acres of land in Karachi. We have some funds and very soon I am going to call upon the Fellows of CPSP to donate for this project and if any philanthropist is willing to contribute to this noble venture, they will also be welcomed.

We will start with 250-bed hospitals which will provide state of the art healthcare facilities. Fifty beds will be absolutely free while another fifty beds will be available on no profit no loss basis. The remaining 150-beds will earn revenue to run the hospital. Once these hospitals are established we will have no problem finding the medical staff. While providing service there will be no distinction between rich and poor since disease does not distinguish between the rich and poor. To back up nursing care, three Postgraduate Colleges of Nursing will be established one each at Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. The center at Lahore will also have a one thousand seating capacity Convocation- cum-Convention Center.

At present about twenty thousand postgraduate trainees are enrolled of which 9,500 are male and 10,500 are female.  Maximum number of postgraduates is appearing in examination from Lahore followed by Peshawar. Faisalabad and Sargodha come at No.3 while Multan and South Punjab come at No. 4.  Islamabad is at No.5 and the least number of postgraduates were appearing from Karachi which covers the whole Sindh province including Baluchistan. Asked about the cost of these projects Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said that the Campus at Lahore which will have 250-bed hospital, postgraduate college of nursing and the Convention Center is estimated to be Rs. Four billion while at other sites the cost will be between one and a half to two billion rupees. I am extremely grateful to the Fellows of CPSP who have elected me to serve them and not rule them. I consider myself as one of the twenty councilors and we try to take unanimous decisions after detailed discussions with input from every one.

Continuing Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said that working on the philosophy of Brain Gain and not Brain Drain, we had signed an MOU with Ireland and we are sending our postgraduates for two years training there in our International Training Programme. So far four batches have gone and the fifth batch will go soon. Almost all of them have returned after completing their training except a few from Third batch who decided to opt for shot cuts, got jobs. We took immediate action and they were asked to report back within seven days failing which they were warned that strict action will be taken against them including cancellation of their FCPS degrees and they will also be debarred from appearing in any examination later. It worked except in one case. Action was taken against him, his FCPS-I was cancelled and now he is wandering requesting for forgiveness but we have made it clear that we will make him an example so that no one else tries to betray the trust which the college has reposed in them when they are selected for training overseas. Now we have signed another MOU with University Hospital Birmingham which will enable us to send one hundred doctors every year for two years training at teaching hospitals. It consists of Junior Fellowship and Senior Fellowship. There will be two types of trainees, one those who have completed their Intermediate module, they will be considered at par with their MRCP and FRCS. Second will be those who have already passed their FCPS-II. They will all get exposure to latest technology while getting training at these state of the art hospitals. Terms and conditions as well as the eligibility criteria details are available on the college website. Outside exposure to our Fellows, Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry remarked was extremely important to broaden their vision, thinking and keep them abreast with latest developments in the field of medicine. We have also made sure that they get their Visa within a week which will be delivered to them at CPSP. They must pass ISLET exam which is mandatory requirement by the GMC. We have established CPSP Regional Center at Birmingham and Inshallah within a year we will be holding the FCPS Exam in UK as well, Prof.Zafar Ullah Chaudhry remarked.

Giving details about the examination system, he said that we had first started with FCPS-I exam on line.  Now we are taking the Intermediate Module online and form July 2018 no CPSP exam will be held outside the college campus. It will save us lot of money. Online examination has also reduced the number of invigilators needed and all this has reduced the cost of examination tremendously. The money thus saved is being utilized for further development and expansion of teaching and training facilities. e Logbook has now been replaced with e Portal which has all the details of training and feedback of the postgraduates. Trainees can download all the forms freely from the CPSP website. No one has to come to the College or go to bank but they can deposit examination as well as workshop fees online and all these facilities have been made available for their convenience by improving the IT facilities offered by the CPSP.

New Fellowships have been stated in Emergency Medicine, Vascular Surgery, Orbital Tumours and Surgical Oncology. We have also brought another workshop ALSO known as Advance Life Support in Obstetrics which is extremely useful Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry concluded.

According to a later report Earth Breaking Ceremony for the new CPSP Campus at Kala Shah Kaku was performed by Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of CPSP at Kala Shah Kaku on April 29th 2017. A large number of Councilors and eminent members of the medical profession were present on this occasion. In the first phase, the boundary wall of the new Campus will be constructed, it is learnt.