Punjab Young Doctors (YDA) threatens to launch next phase of protest, strike

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Punjab Young Doctors (YDA) threatens to launch next phase of protest, strike
TAXILA (August 4, 2011) : Young Doctors Association (YDA) has threatened to launch another phase of strikes and protests if the Punjab government did not fulfill its pledge within 15 days regarding the increase in the pay and allowances of the doctors serving in the rural areas.
While addressing a press conference here, the YDA office bearers led by District Co-coordinator Rawalpindi Dr Imran Younas, General Secretary (rural) Dr Ghulam Abbass and other doctors expressed disappointment over the poor response by the government to the young doctors’ demands particularly to the pay raise issue. They said that the YDA and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif signed an agreement after the 37-day strike of the doctors. According to the charter of demand presented by the doctors under the agreement, the Punjab government issued the notification that the pay of doctors serving in public sector hospitals had been raised to Rs15,000 a month as health professional allowance and a sum of Rs3,370 a month would be granted as pay protection but the hundred of doctors stunned to see that this increase had not been given to them in the salary of this month, they said.
The YDA office bearers said that the hundreds of male and female doctors serving in rural and far-flung areas of the district were disappointed for not being given the agreed pay raise. They said that despite the pledge by the chief minister and notification by the Punjab government, the increase in pay and allowances had been not granted to the doctors and it was contrary to the agreement and a cheating with the doctors. They were of the view that doctors were wellpaid globally, but not in Pakistan. They called upon Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Secretary Health Punjab and other authorities concerned to take stock of the situation without any further delay otherwise the doctors would again launch protest movement across the province.

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