Service structure: General Cadre doctors finalise their proposals

Draft will be submitted to the Lahore High Court on Monday.

Our Correspondent August 28, 2012


The General Cadre Doctors Association (GCDA) met on Tuesday to finalise their proposals for a new service structure. The proposals will be submitted to the Lahore High Court on September 3.

The meeting agreed on asking the government to provide the number of general cadre seats in the Health Department.

Dr Masood Sheikh, the association president, told The Express Tribune that according to their estimate about 1,500 general cadre doctors were not classified as such in official records.

“If those seats are counted in the general cadre, we will get an additional 150 seats in grade 19, 10 seats in grade 20 and 340 seats in grade 18 according to the government’s promotion formula,” he said.

The doctors also demanded that if the government agreed to hire new medical officers in grade 18, then those who have served in grade 17 for many years should be promoted to the next grade on account of their seniority.

Dr Sheikh said that the government should grants raises to 13,000 general cadre doctors, “who have been waiting for a promotion for 16-20 years”, rather than giving additional perks and privileges to young doctors.

He said that the 612 general cadre doctors who had changed their cadres should not be considered as part of the general cadre.

“A seniority list, of general cadre doctors, should be updated after every six months,” he said.

“We have also proposed that the general cadre doctors with diplomas should be given fast track promotions and increments,” Dr Sheikh told The Tribune.

The association had written to general cadre doctors in 36 districts, asking that they send in their proposals. “We went over the suggestions we got and then compiled our draft,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2012.


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