Doctors strike: 66 doctors sacked in Balochistan

Category: Health

At the end of the 24 hours deadline, the government sacked 66 doctors and directed the hospital management to replace the terminated 66.
Quetta BALOCHISTAN May 30, 2011 : Doctors strike in Balochistan took a new twist on Monday when the Balochistan government sacked 66 doctors on strike in Quetta.
Earlier in the day, Raisani had warned the doctors to end their strike in 24 hours or face suspension. Also, besides the emergency wards at the provincial Sandeman Hospital and Bolan medical complex, all general wards and out patient departments had also been closed.
The provincial government has ordered the Sandeman Hospital management to appoint new doctors to replace the terminated ones through the Balochistan Public Service Commission.
The new doctors are to report for duty within three days.
Balochistan Health Secretary Asmatullah Kakar said that out of the 66 sacked doctors, 61 were in grade 17 while the remaining were in Grade 18.
Earlier, Balochistan Young Doctors Association (BYDA) President Dr. Abdul Samad had complained that the demands of doctors in Punjab and in Islamabad had been accepted but the doctors of Balochistan were still not getting their perks.
He added that more than 50 doctors had left the province due to insecurity and that if the provincial government further pressurised them, then all of the doctors would resign.
Hundreds of people have suffered due to the doctors’ protests in Balochistan in the now month long strike.
Patients in need of surgical treatment, most of them, have had to pay for the operations at private clinics, putting an even greater financial burden on them, since the past one month.
(Published in “Express Tribune” as breaking News on May 30, 2011)

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