Karachi: The house job officers staged a protest demonstration and sit-in against Secretary Health and Accountant General (AG) of Sindh for non-payment of their six-month stipends outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Tuesday.
About 250 house job officers serving in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Sindh Institute of Child Health (NICH) and National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (NICVD) has been deprived of their six-month stipends.
The protesters, who are the graduates of Sindh Medical College (SMC) Batch 2013, were carrying placards and banners inscribed with different slogans like; we want salary, pay 6-month salaries, early release salaries and stop injustice with doctors.
A house job officer Dr Hamoodur Rehman, while talking to the media men, said around 250 house job officers serving in different wards in three hospitals from 27th May 2013 has been deprived six-month stipends. He said 10 months had lapsed but authorities had paid only four-month stipends so far, while remaining six-month stipends were in pending which was a great injustice.
He said when house job officer contacted Health Secretary and AG Sindh for early release of their six-month stipends, they made excuse in the pretext of funds shortage. He said earlier four-month salaries had also been released after protest by the doctors.
Dr Syeda Bushra said house job officers and their families were passing through financial crises and facing great hardships. She said unfortunately bureaucratic hurdles had been created by government officials. She said hospitals administration was also not taking this matter seriously.
She said house job officers were working 60-70 hours a week without pay in institutes that lack even basic facilities such as clean water and security. She said our fellow colleagues, including female doctors, have faced physical violence in the hands of patients’ attendants.
Dr Muneeb demanded of Chief Minister & Governor of Sindh, Executive Director JPMC and Vice Chancellor JSMU to ensure early release of their pending stipends and if their stipends are not released within 48 hours, then the house job officer will boycott their duties from OPDs and Wards till acceptance of their demands.
Later, house job officer ended their protest on the assurance of Additional Secretary Health Dr Suresh who met doctors on behalf of Secretary Health Sindh, Dr Muneeb added.