CITY: (Over 800 operations postponed as PIMS doctors continue strike on 8th day)

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CITY: (Over 800 operations postponed as PIMS doctors continue strike on 8th day)

ISLAMABAD: Doctors and paramedical staff continued their protest for the eight consecutive day on Sunday demanding the separation of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), which is the constituent hospital of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, from the latter.

Over 35 units in the hospital remain shut and only the emergency and critical health units are open, leaving patients troubled. More than 800 medical operations have been cancelled in a week.

The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) minister has sent the bill containing the protesters’ demands to the law minister.

One of the protesters said that the “PIMS treats thousands for patients for free. However, it’s dependence on the university will give university administration the right to decide who will be given treatment.”

Another protester said that the university wants to minimise its staff and keep the least number of people employed. Many will lose their jobs as a result of this, he added.

“We have approached the government over the issue and protested. We have no idea what they have been doing,” a protester said. They demanded that old status of PIMs be restored.

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