Pay raise: YDA holding out till firm offer from govt

Dr Elahi says details of a revised package can only be clear at budget time.


Express March 21, 2011

LAHORE:


Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad held a meeting on Sunday with the Young Doctors’ Association (YDA) Punjab officials and, according to sources close to the YDA, told them that the government would announce its agreement to raise doctors’ wages from July 1.


The meeting, which was also attended by Post Graduate Medical Institute principal Tariq Salahuddin, lasted for close to two hours. It was an attempt to get the doctors’ to call off their on-going strike.

According to YDA sources, Fawad told the YDA members that the strike was increasingly cumbersome for the government and patient surgeries across the province were being affected. The YDA contested the latter conclusion.

YDA sources said Fawad promised raise in doctors’ salaries after July 1 and said that the chief minister would make a formal announcement in this regard.

YDA members say they were now looking for a written agreement and a public announcement that set out the exact amount of the increase. “We can’t take verbal promises seriously,” said YDA Punjab official Dr Nasir Bukhari. “The government’s record of sticking to verbal agreements is abysmal,” he added.

Bukhari said the strike would continue.

YDA Punjab president Hamid Butt told The Express Tribune that today the YDA council and Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal would meet to discuss the issue. Afterwards, he said, the general council will hold a meeting with YDA Punjab leadership.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr Saeed Elahi told The Express Tribune that the government agreed in principal that the salaries needed to be revised. “I have never said they should not get a raise, but we cannot come up with firm proposals till July 1,” he said. Elahi said the details would have to be worked out by the government before anything concrete was announced.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2011.

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COMMENTS (4)

rizwan | 10 years ago | Reply we ang GOD is with you...you just carry on we deserve and will get i.a
Haseeb Khan | 10 years ago | Reply It is really sad to see the most educated lot of the country struggling and being deprived of the pay which is their due. The government obviously seems in no hurry to resolve this grave issue, since they have never and probably will never visit a government hospital for treatment themselves. Creating a social injustice by giving doctors lesser pay than even the uneducated peons of courts and matriculate constables of police will lead nowhere else than a country without any qualified people. I seriously doubt if there will be any motivation left in the future generation to study and work harder. Our dearest politicians are destroying the country in ways we couldn't imagine.
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