New Service Structure for Punjab Paramedics
Punjab Para-Medical staff clashes with police on Jail Road Lahore
Paramedics demanding service structure, Police use batons, arrest leaders as PIC paramedics stage violent protest against service structure delay
Lahore (Wednesday, December 5, 2012) – On Wednesday, Punjab para medical staff held protest in all over Punjab for new service structure. Scores of paramedics on protested outside the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) against delay in the announcement of a service structure and their other rights.
Police arrested 11 paramedics’ leaders but later released them after negotiations with CM’s adviser on health Khwaja Salman and the Health Department authorities.
Earlier during the protest, the Jail Road presented the look of a battlefield when scuffles erupted between the police and the protesters, when the protesters, including women, tried to move towards the CM’s Secretariat. The police also used batons against the protesters and forcibly tried to send them back to the PIC.
The protesters, carrying banners and placards, demanded revised service structure for the paramedical staff as the government had already announced a raise in the salaries of grade five to grade16 employees of the public hospitals. They also criticized the health and finance departments for delaying the announcement of the service structure for them.
Punjab Paramedical Alliance (PPA) Chairman Malik Munir while addressing the protesters said that Punjab chief minister had promised on May 12, 2011 a special pay package of Rs 5.2 billion for the doctors, paramedics and staff nurses. He said that the paramedics demanded service structure and regularisation of their contracts for the last three years, but the government had been turning a deaf year to their demands.
He said the Health Department had not notified health risk allowance for paramedics though the chief minister had approved the summary months ago.