Pims doctors call off strike after ministry’s assurance

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STAFF REPORT

ISLAMABAD

The doctors’ association of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) represented by Dr Asfandyar Khan on Saturday announced to call off their strike after successful talks with the Secretary Health.

On directions of Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza, Secretary Health Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik met the representatives of doctors association who had announced a protest over the initiative of the government to introduce Medical Teaching Institute (MTI) for government sector hospitals legislation at PIMS hospital.

The doctors were assured by the Health Ministry that no such law would be introduced without holding consultations with them and draft of the proposed legislation would be shared with them before its implementation. The interest of the medical community will always be upheld, said a spokesman of the Ministry of Health.

On this occasion, Dr Asfandyar welcomed the enhancement in allowances of doctors of hospitals of the federal capital announced by Dr Zafar Mirza Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health. This has resulted in substantial increase of Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 in the salaries of doctors serving in these hospitals. He thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Dr Zafar Mirza for taking this historic step.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Health said the government will continue to introduce measures to ensure better working conditions and benefits for the medical community.

The spokesman added that medical practice was a noble profession and appreciated the doctors for calling off the strike and focusing on their professional responsibilities for the benefit of thousands of patients who visit the hospital daily and are under treatment.

Meanwhile, health ministry has issued appointment orders of 121 medical officers Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital.

According to health department spokesman, 121 medical officers were appointed through public service commission while their duty joining period has also been extended. They can join duty in PIMS hospital till 31 August.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr. Zafar Mirza says the process of reforms will continue in health sector as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In a statement, he said the hospitals in Islamabad will be equipped with latest medical facilities and made an example for others to follow.