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.