Doctors at Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) have appealed to the government to provide protection to its staff.
“Political affiliations of service providers has severely hampered the quality of care provided to the masses,” said a senior surgeon at CHK.
Other doctors of the hospital said that despite repeated complaints about the highly offensive attitude of junior staff towards doctors and nurses, no action could be taken against the paramedics as a large majority of them are affiliated with political parties.
They also quoted an incident when a paramedic allegedly harassed a nursing student and then misbehaved with the nursing matron of the hospital.
“It was unfortunate to witness nursing students and nurses not tending to their patients because of the unfortunate episode,” said the head of a department. Doctors said there was urgent need to depoliticise the hospital environment.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2011.