Luxury over health care

It seems that while the city lost a hospital it has gained a luxury hotel in it’s place. I wonder how they justify the demolition of a hospital to make way for a luxury hotel. They obviously believe that health care is a nuisance better replaced by the pleasures of profits and glamour that come with a hotel. How do the two compare in terms of needs and necessaties of the city is beyond me.

No other hospice facility has been set up which would help fill in the void formed by demolition of Mideast Hospital. And oh let’s not forget the security threats the hotel would create. They seem to be a magnet for bombers in our city. And while a hotel would mean more economic activity it in no way should over shadow the need of healthcare of the people.

13 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 2:54 pm

    well it was a privately owned hospital and dr jatoi and his family had every right to dispose it off.. after all almost 2 billion rupees would make anyone melt

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

    they had some internal family disputes over that property..

  3. MB (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

    Thats shocking. The guys could have other resources to get some money but he decided otherwise.

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

    family disputes are bad we all know that ..

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

    doctor: 2 billion?? i heard it was more to the tune of 10 billion! (109 crores).

    how i rem that hospital.. it used to be my childhood destination whenever the flue or fever would strike :D

  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

    1 billion = 1000 million = 100 carores

    it went for 200+ crores that makes 2 billion +

  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

    am aware coz my property agent was involved from buyer side, i did’nt had the billions spare ;) otherwise the property had been on the market for almost a year without any serious response

  8. Farhan (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

    We need hotels in this city atleast 10 more Westin , Ritz , Intercon , Holiday Inn , I’ll even be happy with an Oberoi this will atleast bring the hotel room prices down , where hospitals are concerned we need them but again Mideast was not catering to the segment who need hospital the most for the Uber rich there is always South City and Parklane

  9. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

    Well, who needs dirty, filthy hospitals, when we can have shiny, clean and fancy 4, 5 star hotels.

  10. Captain's Log (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    What a stupid Post ?? I have not seen/heard that hotels are magnet for bombers. Get your facts straight before writing some thing. Do you want every hotel to get closed in Karachi ??

    And If some one has personal property, what ever he does with that, you should not discuss/criticize it in public. Why do not you sell your house and donate it to Edhi?

  11. SWA (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 9:39 am

    Another hospital is currently under construction near Creek City DHA, this Creek Hospital would be much larger and more modern and well equipped than mid-east hospital could ever be. Also, it will be a proper hospital with a proper emergency ward. Not like the ill equipped agglomeration of over-expensive private practitioners that Mideast hospital used to be.

  12. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

    its there personal property, they can make watever they want.. ofcourse with the approval of authorities..
    Authorities get paid alot of money to approve such things.. just imagine everyone starts doing everything by the book.. what will happen to the authorities.. dont they deserve to drive a new car and own a house =)

    watever they make there, they better have a big parking space.. that place has space issues =D

  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 7:27 pm

    lol@space issues, offcourse they’ve space issues, property prices are on the rise and even the nehar-e-khayam is encroached upon… you can your self see the extent of the problem

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