Doctors Strike ends in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Category: Health

Peshawar (May 30, 2011) – Young doctors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ended their strike as their demands were accepted by the provincial government.
President Young Doctors’ Association Dr. Shah Sehwar said the government’s delegation, comprising Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain and the special secretary health, had assured the delegation about increasing their salaries.
He said the new pay structure will be according to the pay package announced by the Punjab government for young doctors. He added that a uniform policy regarding doctors’ pay structure should be adopted by all the provincial governments to eliminate discrimination.
Doctors of K-P had been protesting too for the last two weeks demanding an increase in salaries. They had suspended their duties at all public sector hospitals in the province.
Senior doctors at Peshawar’s major hospitals said dozens of patients had died in the past few days after being denied treatment by the striking doctors, including a one-year-old girl who died on Monday at the Lady Reading Hospital.
The strike by young doctors in Quetta demanding higher pay and better working conditions has now approached a month.
(Published in “Express Tribune” as breaking News on May 30, 2011)

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