LAHORE: The Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab re-issued its call for protest outside respective hospitals on September 5 after talks with a government team led by Senator Ishaq Dar broke down.
A senior government official who attended the meeting told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity that the talks stalled over new demands the YDA delegation made on Sunday.
“Several new YDA office bearers attended the meeting…the YDA then backtracked from the earlier agreement giving up the demand for time-scale promotions. They said all Medical Officers (MOs) who have served for five years, including any contract period should be promoted to Grade 18,” he said.
“The government had earlier offered to allocate a 25 per cent promotion quota for MOs who complete FCPS for promotion as senior registrars (SRs) and senior consultants (SCs),” he said.
“The YDA also demanded that MOs who have completed FCPS and served five years should be made eligible for promotion,” the official said.
“You should first make up your mind on what you actually want…,” an annoyed Senator Dar was quoted as telling YDA.
YDA’s Dr Javed Aheer told The Tribune, “The demands were not new… He said the breakdown aoccured over the government’s refusal to extend contracts of YDA members on ad-hoc appointments. “We asked for a uniform policy. On one hand, they are hiring ad hoc doctors and on the other hand they are firing those hired earlier.”
YDA spokesman Khuzema Arslan Bokhari said, “Our demands on Sunday had no financial impact. We are not responsible for the deadlock.”
Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Secretary General Dr Izhar Chaudhary meanwhile said the talks and the governments attitude was positive.
Salman Rafique, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Health, said talks had not concluded. He said there was now agreement on most of the issues have been agreed upon by both the parties.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2012.