Punjab doctors warn of sit-in (DHARNA) for regularization

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Punjab doctors warn of sit-in (DHARNA) for regularisation
LAHORE (Friday, July 29, 2011) : The All Punjab Doctors Convention, held under the auspices of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), here on Thursday, demanded of the provincial government to issue orders for regularisation of contract doctors within one week or the doctors would be forced to stage a sit-in in front of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
The participants said the sit-in would continue till the issuance of the orders for regularisation of doctors. The convention was held under the chairmanship of PMA Lahore President Dr Tanveer Anwer, and attended by PMA Punjab President Dr Ashraf Nizami and delegates of postgraduate doctors from PMA district branches of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Yazman, Lodhran, Multan, Khanewal, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Chiniot, Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Jehlum, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Kasur and Sheikhupura. The office-bearers of YDA Pakistan, Social Security Doctors Association, Basic Medical Teacher Association and Senior Doctors Association also attended the event.
The speakers highlighted the alleged injustice that was being done with the doctors’ community for years and condemned the bureaucratic delay in regularisation of 1,800 doctors. The convention also unanimously passed the following resolutions: The House reposed its confidence in the PMA leadership and gave them the mandate to negotiate with the government on the issue of regularisation. The House declared Secretary Regulation Muhammad Ilyas responsible for the delay in the regularisation of 1,800 doctors and demanded the chief minister take notice of the situation to settle the issue.
The House also unanimously resolved that the PRSP be immediately rolled back and withdrawn from all the 12 districts of the Punjab and doctors of PRSP be regularised. The convention ended with a vote of thanks by Dr Izhar Ahmad Chaudhry, general secretary, PMA, Lahore.

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