LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar paid a surprise visit to two government hospitals in the Punjab capital on Friday.
A three-member bench headed by the chief justice was hearing suo motu cases on various public welfare issues when the chief justice decided to pay a surprise visit to the city’s hospitals.
Accompanied by Lahore High Court Chief Justice Yawar Ali, the chief justice of Pakistan first visited Services Hospital where he inspected various wards, including the emergency department.
While interacting with patients, a woman approached the chief justice asking for monetary assistance for medical treatment. Chief Justice Nisar assured the woman of help and directed the relevant authorities to provide her services free-of-charge.
Later, as the chief justice arrived at the government-run Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), he expressed displeasure at the absence of wheelchairs at the institute’s entrance.
Inside, patients complained to the chief justice of various issues faced by them after which he directed the hospital administration to resolve the patients’ problems.
Earlier, while hearing the issue of high fees at private medical colleges, the chief justice summoned a report on the structure of fees at the educational institutes.
The chief justice had in December last year paid a similar visit to Lahore’s Mayo Hospital to inspect facilities there. INP