Patients continue to suffer at JPMC due to protest

January 26, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The visiting patients at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) continued to suffer on third day due to protest demonstration by employees and boycotts of OPDs in Sindh’s largest tertiary-care hospital.

The protesters refused to call off their protest despite request of JPMC administration and secretary health. The employees vowed to continue boycott of outpatient department, Laboratory, X-ray and other services until the acceptance of their genuine demands.

The paramedical staff and nurses under the banner of Jinnah Employees Action Committee started their protest demonstration and boycotted the OPDs services at 9:00am and continued till 11:00am. All the OPDs, Laboratory, X-rays, Ultrasound and other medical services remained suspend for two hours.

The employees reaffirmed their demands of health & deputation allowance, regularization of neurosurgery employees and issuance of their pay slips. They said 2,000 employees of hospital have been deprived of health and deputation allowances, while provincial authorities donot pay heed on their genuine demands.

Later, Jinnah Employees Action Committee delegation led by Gul Saeed Khan, Abdul Wahid, Haq Nawaz Sial, Ameer Ali, Ejaz Abbas, Asad Malik and Ismail Jaskani met Secretary Health Sindh at Sindh Secretariat.

The delegation presented their demands to secretary health like deputation & health allowance, regularization of neurosurgery of employees and timely payment of their salaries. The secretary health told the delegation that he would discuss all issues with secretary establishment in Islamabad and other relevant officers.

However, the members of Jinnah Employees Action Committee have decided to continue their protest and boycott of OPDs till the acceptance and enforcement of their demands.

The Accident and Emergency Department, and Intensive Care Units of healthcare remained functional during the protest of employees.

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