All Pakistan Para Medical Staff Federation held a Protest in Islamabad for their demands:
Paramedics from all federal government health institutions and hospitals across the country gathered in front of the National Press Club (NPC) here on Monday to stage a protest for acceptance of their demand of a new service structure and announced observance of a token strike from February 8.
Carrying banners and placards, the members of the paramedical staff from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Federal Government Polyclinic and representatives of paramedical associations of Karachi and Quetta raised slogans to press for their demand.
The demonstration was led by central leaders of the All Pakistan Paramedical Staff, including Arshad Khan, Chaudhry Muhammad Anas, Ahmed Rana and Joseph Paul.
Announcing their protest plan, they said that they would perform duties while wearing black armbands from February 1 to 7 and observe a token strike from February 8 to 15. They said that they would observe complete strike from February 15 till acceptance of their demand.
“After using all options, including negotiations and moral efforts, without any luck, we have decided to take the path of direct protest,” they said.
They recalled that Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, health secretary, additional secretary and other senior officials of the Ministry of Health and hospitals had termed their demand of service structure rightful.
They regretted that the file containing their cases is in cold storage despite passage of two deadlines of June 10 and November 10 last year.” Now the officials of the ministry are not showing any interest in fulfilling their demand regarding service structure which is overdue as they have been working in the same pay scales for the last 15 years,” the paramedics said.