Punjab Doctors form grand alliance against PMA

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Lahore (Saturday, July 16, 2011) –  Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has urged the Punjab government to order regularisations of 1,800 senior doctors by July 20.
It was said that otherwise the association reserves its right to call the 1,800 doctors to an all Punjab doctors’ convention with all options wide open.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, PMA Lahore president Dr M Tanveer Anwar, Dr Izhar Ahmed Ch, Dr Prof M Ashraf Nizami, Dr Shahid Malik, Dr Ehsan ur Rehman, Dr Sabahat Habib Khan and Dr Salman Kazmi said Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had already approved the summary of the regularization of the senior doctors and ordered the department to regularize the remaining contract doctors and postgraduate medical officers as APs, SRs and district specialists. They said the Lahore High Court had also issued orders of regularization of these doctors.
They further said Health Department completed the process of verification of all the doctors from May 31 to June 16, 2011 and now when the process was in its final stages some elements in the doctors’ community were allegedly opposing the regularization of senior doctors and were creating unrest in the doctors’ community.
The PMA office-bearers said these doctors had themselves been regularized by the efforts of the association’s long-march in 2009 but it was condemnable that they were now opposing the regularization of their senior teachers. They also alleged that a principal of a public medical college of Lahore was backing these doctors and was allegedly trying to sabotage all efforts of the chief minister regarding the regularization of the 1,800 senior doctors and was leading this movement against the Punjab government. PMA has thanked the Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Sardar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa, Rana Sana Ullah, Chief Secretary Punjab and Health Secretary who fulfilled their promise regarding increasing the salary of doctors and also appealed to them to remove all hurdles in the process of regularization and get the orders of the regularization of the 1,800 senior doctors issued. They demanded the Punjab government to remove the hurdles allegedly being placed by Finance & Regulation departments in this regard.
Meanwhile, a grand alliance comprising doctors of all the teaching hospitals of the province was formed here on Friday and it had demanded the government promote senior registrars on merit and regularise services of assistant professors and associate professors.According to a press statement, a meeting in this regard was chaired by Medical Teachers Association (MTA) General Secretary Dr Tehseen Riaz. Dr Ahsan, Dr Naveed, Dr Aliya, Dr Mohsin and others were also present. The meeting also decided to stop alleged illegal activities of PMA’s unelected representatives. It also demanded the government to take notice of alleged interfere of non-representatives of PMA in the official business of the government. Meanwhile in a press statement, a Pakistan Medical Association (Equity) Punjab chapter spokesman has expressed concern over 15 days ultimatum to Punjab government to act blindly on PMA’s alleged illegal and illogical demands.

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