Paramedics protest outside Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC)
Lahore (November 29, 2012) – Scores of paramedics protested on Thursday outside the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) against delay in the announcement of service structure.
Protesters under the banner of the Punjab Paramedical Alliance (PPA) criticised health and finance departments for delaying service structure for them.
“We have been demanding service structure and regularisation of contract and ad hoc employees for the last three years but the government has turned a deaf year to our demands,” Alliance Chairman Malik Munir told the protestors.
He said the Health Department had not notified health risk allowance for paramedics though the chief minister had approved the summary months ago.
He said the government had given a health professional allowance to nurses and doctors but ignored paramedics.
Earlier, the charged paramedics tried to march on Jail Road but police stopped them at the main entrance of the PIC. They, however, managed to take to the road.
Later police officials talked to paramedics’ representatives of the PPA and convinced them to go back to the PIC. Paramedics continued agitation from 8am to 2pm on the premises of the PIC.
Conference: The Pakistan Society of Neurosurgeons will hold the 25th silver jubilee national neurosurgery conference at a hotel here on Friday (today).
Head of the Neurosurgery Department of Jinnah Hospital Prof Zafar Iqbal told media on Thursday that the event was of national importance which would help improve neurosurgery skills and knowledge of local surgeons.
He said the field of neurosurgery was always given a least importance and was the most deprived area of medical sciences in Pakistan while the specialty was rapidly expanding in the world.
He said the conference would help attract attention of authorities and stakeholders concerned towards this neglected specialty.
Prof Zafar said the conference was being held with an international workshop of Endoscopic Skull Base Neurosurgery which was the first-ever event in Pakistan.
Eminent neurosurgeons from Pakistan and abroad would participate in the conference, he said.