Nurses Protest demonstration at Press Club Karachi
Karachi (March 28, 2012) – Provincial Nursing Association Sindh held a protest demonstration in front of Karachi Press Club. Nurses chanted slogans in the favor of salaries increase and service structure and tried to approach Governor House.
Video of Police attack on protesting nurses in Karachi – Dunya News TV Report
Police shelled with tear gas and water cannon.
Video of Police confront protesting nurses, junior paramedics with water canon
Express Tribune Report:
KARACHI (March 28, 2012) : Nurses and junior paramedic staff marching from Zainab Market towards Governor House in a protest rally to demand time-scale promotions and that their jobs be made permanent were confronted by water cannon and teargas shelling on Wednesday.
The nurses and junior paramedics had earlier planned on staging a sit-in in front of the Chief Minister House.
Apart from the retaliation by police, 12-15 nurses and paramedic staff were also arrested by the police, while nurses who were injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital.
Nurses protested that their demands were always rejected and that recurring refusals forced them to launch this protest.
The area where the protest was underway is considered to be a sensitive zone.
Nearly 5,000 nurses in the process have been campaigning for a Rs10,000 allowance for food and clothes, time-scale promotions, increased stipend for nursing school students, as well as professional health allowance and high risk and hard workers allowance.
The junior paramedic staff work in grades BS-1 to BS-4, and include laboratory, MRI, ECG and CT scan technicians, lady health visitors, naib qasids, sanitary inspectors, gardeners, store keepers, dispensers, security guards, ward masters, and nursing attendants.