Punjab paramedics protests on black day
Lahore (May 12, 2012) : Punjab Paramedical Alliance (PPA) on Saturday observed black day and a complete strike in all public sector hospitals for allocation of health professional allowance and pay protection for grade 1 to 17 and service structure for grade 1 to 4.
They also demanded regularisation of contract workers and Boards of Management employees and daily wagers.
The paramedics boycotted their duties, which hampered the delivery of healthcare services to poor patients in the outdoor wards. They also raised black flags on buildings of hospitals.
The paramedics from all hospitals gathered at Punjab Institute of Cardiology to hold a protest demonstration for their rights. The protesters, carrying placards and banners, chanted slogans for their demands.
Speaking on the occasion, PPA provincial chairman Malik Munir Ahmad, Yousaf Billa, Rehmat Sindhu, Mehr Kifayat Ullah, Arshad Butt, Rana Maalik, Amjad Qamar, Sultan Mahmood, Mian Khalid Mahmood, Shabbir Chughtai, Rana Tanveer, Ashiq Ghous, Nelson and others condemned the government for alleged economic exploitation by denying due rights to the paramedical staff in hospitals of the province.
They reminded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif of his promise made on May 12, 2011, and urged him to fulfill his promise to award health professional allowance and pay protection to paramedical staffs from grade 01 to grade 17 and service structure to grade 1 to grade 4. They said that paramedics, like doctors and nurses, also served patients in the provision of treatment in hospitals, therefore they deserved the same incentives awarded to doctors and nurses.
The PPA office-bearers also warned the Punjab government that if their demands were not met, paramedical staff would continue protests in hospitals.