For the third consecutive day today paramedical staff at the city’s Jinnah Hospital continued their protest. The protesting staff members are seeking payment of health risk allowance and an increase in their salaries at par with other provinces.
As a result of the protest, out patient departments (OPDs) at the hospital remain shut and no patient could be operated on.
On Tuesday, doctors at Karachi’s largest public sector hospital ended their protest after two days of boycotting OPDs and ward services to demand payment of health risk allowance, increase in salaries and promotion of doctors.
A spokesman for the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) said that the administration would review the salaries of postgraduate medical employees in other province and then increase the salaries and allowances of JPMC employees accordingly, after which the doctors called off the boycott.
The doctors, paramedical staff and employees of JPMC claimed that they are entitled to receive health risk allowance equal to one basic salary, which is being paid to federal and provincial health employees except for Sindh.