Demands accepted: Nurses end 10-day long strike

Published: April 3, 2012

The nurses were protesting in order to demand time-scale promotions and that regularisation of their jobs. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: Nurses ended their 10-day long strike after Health Secretary Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi announced on Tuesday that the demands of the nurses have been accepted.

The nurses were protesting in order to demand time-scale promotions and regularisation of their jobs.

Earlier on Monday, the special health secretary, Dr Suresh Kumar, had said that the demands were being considered and a decision will soon be taken. But he did not say when.

Nurses had threatened to boycott even the emergency services if there were more delays in accepting their demands. The hospital services also suffer since nurses and paramedical staff are boycotting all the wards except emergencies.

Nearly 5,000 nurses in the process had been campaigning for a Rs10,000 allowance for food and clothes, time-scale promotions, increased stipend for nursing school students, as well as professional health allowance and high risk and hard workers allowance.

The junior paramedic staff work in grades BS-1 to BS-4, and include laboratory, MRI, ECG and CT scan technicians, lady health visitors, naib qasids, sanitary inspectors, gardeners, store keepers, dispensers, security guards, ward masters, and nursing attendants.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Zahid
    Apr 3, 2012 - 6:37PM

    APPRECIATED

    This is a self explanatory example of FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT
    I realy appreciate the staff nurses to snatch their right in ten days restless effort

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  • ahmed
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:58PM

    tramendus effort from karachi nurses toward their nacessery right,
    this the right time to apreaciatestaff nurses of karachi,
    execelent worked and the result thay achived is front of us,
    from me i once again congratulate to all staff nurses of karachi, thay produced a great effort toward their legal right and finally thay succeded. and gov accepted their demond.
    If the fedral gov balochistan and punjob gov can gave the professional allownce to their empoly,ie doctor and staff nurses
    i must aske the question from the gov why karchi and kpk were neglected?is these tow provence is not apart of our country? or we staff nurses from kpk and karachi are some defeciency that why we were ignored? We have same degree same professional same grad and also working same duty hours,
    then why we were neglected?
    Nusing is a that profession in the world which have no subsitute it has a great respect.

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  • Ahmed
    Apr 11, 2012 - 8:21PM

    i don,t understand the policy of kpk nursing presedent, becouse kpk gov still failed to issue a notification of nursing demond,
    i appeal to all kpk nursing staff to join once again and do somthing for your professional allownce, and do not wait the gov false promises.
    According to my experience there is somthing between gov and the nursing fedration that why thay delay the demond of nurses and trying to decive the nursing staff.
    All is front of us, Doctors of kpk was awarded their professional allownce, but i dont understand why nursing staff not?
    Be remember if u want to decive others god will never remit you for ever,and you will not be succesfull in the life.sind punjob and fedral is part of pakistan, thay are awarded of all facileties but kpk not why,
    pls tell me what is the difference.
    Krachi nursing demond accepted.
    Punjob nursing demond accepted.
    Fedral nursing demond accepted with increased 100% basic pay,
    but kpk still waiting still waiting
    and i think its, impossible we the kpk nursing staff wil be waiting only,
    we still waiting of the words accepted,
    need work hard need strike hard.

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