Islamabad CDA Capital Hospital Strike Continue on 4th Day:
February 15, 2011: Strike continue for 4th days. Management and paramedical staff of the Capital Development Authority Hospital are on strike over what they call the expected “appointment of an outsider” as its new executive director, Dawn has learnt.
Doctors have refused to attend to outdoor patients, and except for the emergency ward, cardiac and intensive care units, work in all other departments of the hospital is on halt.
Giving background, a doctor of the hospital, requesting anonymity, said after the retirement of Dr Hamid Zeb Khan as executive director in October last year, the post was given to Dr Siddique Akbar.
He said as the senior most employee, Dr Akbar was tipped to become permanent executive director. “But the CDA management failed to give him a permanent charge without citing any reasons,” he said.
“We have come to know through a senior CDA official that a doctor from Pims (Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences) will be appointed as new executive director of the hospital,” he said.
The doctor said after the hospital’s physicians and paramedical staff came to know about the ‘development’ on January 12, they went on onehour daily token strike to press the CDA to take back the ‘decision’.
He said CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi visited the protesting hospital staff and assured them that the appointment of an outsider will not be made.
Terming it a token strike, Ramzan Sajid, CDA spokesman, said the hospital’s staff was working as usual. “Officials often stage a mock protest to record their concern to the management.
” He denied that a Pims doctor was under consideration for appointment as the hospital’s head.
(Dawn published it on Feb 15, 2011)