Hospital Services at the Secondary level play a vital and complementary role to
primary health care. The Government sector is engaged both in preventive and curative
aspects of health care. It was realized that District Hospitals, Sub-Divisional
Hospitals and Community Health Centres lack basic medical equipment and diagnostic
services and have critical gaps in infrastructure. To revamp the whole system, a
proposal was drafted to seek assistance from the World Bank. The WB Team visited
Punjab in March, 1995, held discussions with His Excellency the Governor, the Chief
Minister, the Health Minister, the Chief Secretary and the Secretaries of Line Departments.
It also visited a number of medical institutions. As per their recommendations,
a workshop was held to ascertain the kinds of improvement required for providing
better health care facilities to the people of the State.
The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, organized a Workshop from 27th
to 29th April, 1995 at Kharar in which 33 Senior Doctors including the Director
Health Services, all Civil Surgeons, the Deputy Directors and Senior Medical Officers
and senior Administrators/ Managers participated. Different groups deliberated on
policy issues, surgical, medical and laboratory services and identified the categories
of services to be provided at CHC, Sub-Divisional and District Hospitals including
requirements in terms of staff, space, instruments and equipment. The Workshop adopted
the following resolution: "The group is of the considered and genuine opinion that
there should be a fully autonomous and self-sufficient Corporation named Punjab
Health Systems Corporation. This Corporation should be headed by a Chairman, who
shall be the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab."
The Punjab Health Systems Corporation was enacted through a special Act of Legislation
to provide for the constitution of a Corporation for establishing, expanding, improving
and administering medical care in the State of Punjab.The Managing Director is the
Executive officer of the Corporation and implements the decisions of the Board of
Directors and exercises general control and supervision over the hospitals under
PHSC. There are 176 Health Institutions under PHSC, out of which are 21 District
Hospitals, 2 Special Hospitals, 34 Sub-divisional Hospitals and 119 Community Health
Centres. A wide spectrum of health care facilities, preventive, promotive and curative,
are provided in these institutions.