Complete strike observed at JPMC, NICH

KARACHI: Healthcare services in two major government hospitals, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and National Institute of Child Health(NICH), remained suspend on Thursday due to boycott of employees against non-payment of allowances.

The strike call was given by Joint Action Committee of JPMC and NICH health employees over delay in approval of summery of health profession allowances. The summary has been pending with Finance Department Sindh for last two months.

All OPD services, administrative offices, X-ray and other departments remained close in JPMC and NICH. Around 4000 patients who visit various OPDs of the two major healthcares on daily basis faced inconvenience.

An Executive Member of Joint Action Committee Ameer Hussain Shah talking to media said sole propose of holding protest and staging sit-in was to record their protest against delaying tactics in approving the summery regarding health professional allowance.

He said all three other provinces were giving health allowances to the employees of public healthcares that were handed over to the provinces after the 18th amendment but in Sindh province the employees of JPMC and NICH are still deprived of these allowances due to lethargy of provincial government.

Another leader Zaryab Hayat Tiwana said high-up of provincial health department Sindh had assured giving health professional allowance to employees on several occasions but their promises are not fulfilled so far.

Another leader Ismail Jaskani informed that Joint Action Committee of JPMC & NICH will continue their protest demonstrations till the approval of health allowance summery from chief minister Sindh. He said OPDs services in two hospitals will remain closed till the acceptance of their demands.

However, a leader Gul Saeed demanded of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chief Minister Sindh to immediately approve the summery of health professional allowance and issued notification in this regard.

Young Doctors Association, Deputy Director, NICH, Dr Arshad Hussain Domki, Executive Director JPMC Prof Anis Bhatti and other healthcare bodies attended the protest demonstration to show solidarity with the employees.