Doctors and paramedics at federal public hospitals call off their protests against the freezing of health-risk allowance.
The decision was taken on Thursday evening after the medics and paramedics were assured that the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has agreed to meet with members of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the hospitals on Saturday and is likely to issue a notification restoring the allowance.
Polyclinic Hospital spokesperson Dr Tanveer Malik said MNA Dr Tariq Fazal assured protesters that the finance minister had agreed to the weekend meeting.
The protest held by the doctors had entered third day. Outpatient departments (OPDs) at Polyclinic, CDA Hospital, and NIRM were closed on Thursday, but the Pims administration declined to join the protest.
Pims deputed police at the hospital to ensure no doctor or paramedic was forced to participate in any sit-in.
Pims Vice-Chancellor Prof Javed Akram told The Express Tribune that “We needed help from the police just to run the departments smoothly.”
A Polyclinic staffer who asked not to be named said, “The attitude of the Pims’ administration is not acceptable. We should stand united in this fight.”
Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2015.
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