Punjab Contractual Nurses on streets for regularization
Lahore (Monday, March 10, 2014) – Punjab’s Young Nurses Association (YNA) on Monday resumed their protest for the regularisation of their jobs, in front of the Lahore Press Club. These protesting nurses had been working on contractual and ad-hoc bases.
YNA leaders, including the association’s president, Rozina Manzoor, said the protest would continue until the acceptance of their demands, including regularisation of jobs.
Meanwhile, Director General (Nursing) Rukhsana Kamal told APP that a meeting with the YNA was held on March 9 in which the Punjab Health Department told them that it would adopt a lawful procedure to fill the vacant posts of nurses through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), as regular appointments in BPS-16 could not be made through an executive order.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders and activists also joined the nurses in their protest, and demanded that the government regularise them immediately.
PTI Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry said that the nursing profession, like most of the professions, is a victim of the PML-N government’s negligence.
MPA Shanila Rout said that she, along with leader of the opposition, would prepare a move against this injustice in the Punjab Assembly and demand restoration of the contracts of these nurses. She said that move would also be made for a proper service structure.
PTI Punjab Information Secretary Andleeb Abbas also addressed the protesters and said that the demand gap for doctors in Pakistan was 40 percent, and that for nursing was 80 percent.