PIMS Islamabad Young doctors strike enters 7th day

Category: Health

ISLAMABAD (July 25, 2011) : Young doctors observed a complete strike in the Out-Patient Department (OPD) of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) for the seventh consecutive day on Monday to press the authorities to fulfil their demands.
President Young Doctors Association (YDA) Islamabad chapter Dr Sajjid Abbasi said their demands regarding the pay raise, service structure and regularisation were not being fulfilled by the authorities concerned despite repeated promises. He said the doctors were performing duties in the emergency ward of the hospital while other services remained closed including the OPDs, operation theatres etc.
He said the authorities concerned were least interested in the resolution of the young doctors’ problems. He urged them to fulfil their demands as early as possible so that doctors might do their jobs with peace of mind. He said the authorities concerned had issued the Career Structure of Health Personnel (CSHP) notification and promised to implement it from July 1 this year for those serving in the government institutions and related organisations functioning under the federal government.
He said they did not implement the CSHP therefore, the young doctors decided to go on strike. It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government had introduced the new career structure for the health personnel in line with the principle of pay for performance and its linkage with improvement in qualification by de-linking health professionals from the basic pay scale (BPS) structure.
According to the notification, every health sector personnel serving under the federal government would be required to give an irrevocable option either to continue in the present pay structure or to opt for CSHP, within a period of 30 days from the date of the issuance of the notification.

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