Punjab’s Contractual nurses protest and dharna for second day
Nurses Association arranged Sitin in Lahore
Lahore (DailyTimes / Tuesday, March 11, 2014) – Today it was another day of protest in Lahore. The battle ground was egerton road, press club and adjoining areas of Punjab assembly and club raod. More than two hundred contact nurses who were appointed on ad hoc basis continued a protest in support of their demands on the second consecutive day on Tuesday and staged a sit-in on the road near DG Health’s Office at Cooper Road.
Protesting nurses did not accept any verbal assurance and were protesting till the filing of this report. They demanded the government and other departments concerned give them written assurance for acceptance of their demands for an end to the protest. On the appeal of Young Nurses Association, nurses came out for a protest for the second day. Work at hospitals, emergencies, ICUs, CCUs remained partially closed due to the protest. Nurses from different hospitals protested earlier on 7 Club Road and later moved towards the press club. They were shouting slogans. The police barred the nurses from going to the Mall Road.
The protest caused traffic jams. Police also baton-charged a group of nurses near the Aiwan-e-Iqbal when they tried to reach the 7 Club Road. The protesting nurses also exchanged harsh words with motorists and police officials. The nurses said the government has ignored them. They were holding banners and placards, inscribed with slogans and demands, and also raising slogans against the government. The nurses demanded the government immediately announce regularisation of the nurses working on contract or ad hoc basis and also sought promotions.
Nurses were of the view that they were the true servants of society and nobody else would be willing to take care of the ailing human beings the way they serve them in risky environments during the spread of contagious and deadly disease like dengue, swine flu, measles, bird flu and others. Meanwhile, DG Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz and DG nursing reached at the spot and tried to negotiate with them. They said that government accepted their demands and now they stopped their protest and go back there work places but the protesters nurses did not agree their routine tactic.