Restoration of sacked employees demanded

August 11, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Member of a ‘Burns Centre Bachao Committee Karachi’ Saleha Ather on Tuesday said shortage of skilled staff has badly affected the performance of Burns Centre, Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) and demanded of the provincial government to remove incumbent administration of centre.

She expressed these views while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club. Prof Riaz, Ayoub Qureshi, Naeem and others were also present on this occasion.

She said there is acute shortage of senior doctors, technicians and trained nurses in the hospital and shortage of skilled staff has increased the miseries of patients, being brought for treatment with burns injures across the Sindh province.

She informed that around 100 employees are working in the centre on contract basis for last 15 years who neither have their appointment letters and nor they are promoted in next grades since the time of joining.

She further informed that 50 employees of Civil Hospital Karachi were also serving in the burns centre.

She said the contract employees were fired from their jobs by Friends of Burns Centre, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) on 11 July 2014. She said the centre has been deprived of the services of senior doctors, technicians and nurses. She said patients with burns injuries are on the mercy of God in the centre now.

Saleha Ather said skilled staff had been fired from centre and administration has started the recruitment of staff through a private hiring company. She charged that the centre was handed over to an assistant professor who remained absent during surgeries. She said civil hospital administration is gradually privatizing the burns centre by giving more powers to NGO.

She demanded of the provincial government to take the control of burns centre and reinstate the sacked employees on their jobs. She further demanded of the government to conduct inquiry into the misuse of funds regarding the CHK and the burns centre.

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