PESSI signs contract with defaulter hospital

Both parties had earlier filed cases against each other in the court

Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) has once again joined hands with University of Lahore Teaching Hospital despite non-payment of dues.

A ceremony was held in this regard which was attended by minister for labor, secretary labor and commissioner social security. Sources suggest, the necessary laws regarding awarding a private hospital are missing from the contract, while the new agreement has been awarded by officers without the approval of the governing board.

According to the documents available with Minute Mirror, a request for bid was published by Commissioner Punjab Employees Social Security Institution in September last year. The previous agreement’s clause seven states that “The applicant Medical College/University, if remained affiliated with any government, semi-government, organization or private entity’s hospital in the past, it shall submit performance certificate issued by the relevant government/semi government/ private hospital/institution etc., clearly mentioning that no outstanding liability or non-fulfillment of any kind whatsoever is pending against the said applicant medical college/ university.”

The default clause was removed from the new agreement to award the contract to the hospital. The Social Security Hospital on Multan Road and Kot Lakhpat Social Security Hospital’s contracts were awarded according to the new agreement.

The University of Lahore Hospital owes Rs70 crore to PESSI and a case in this regard is in court. Commissioner PESSI said that the agreement between PESSI and UOL has been inked in accordance with the law. The University was the successful bidder of an open competitive process. As for litigation, both parties had filed suits against each other which are still pending. He further added that there is no stay order barring any of the parties from further collaboration.

Moreover, this agreement is not meant to affect any of the litigation of civil nature that is already in place. There is no clause that bars either of the parties from pursuing their legal rights. He concluded that this present agreement is three times more in favor of PESSI than the last one.

Duaa Mirza is a correspondent covering crime, social issues and law enforcement. She is the youngest crime reporter and the only woman who visits crime scenes on her motorbike. She tweets @DuaaMirza12.

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