Salaries of more than 60 doctors stopped

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LAHORE – The district coordination officers (DCO) of Sheikhupura and Narowal have stopped the salaries of more than 60 doctors in violation of orders of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. These doctors were working in government teaching hospitals, after being recruited by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) in 2010 on regular basis and denied salaries for the last three months.
These doctors had been adjusted for pay purpose in Narowal and Sheikhupura on those vacant seats, which were lying vacant for years and the CM and health secretary gave them special permission to continue their postgraduate residency in teaching hospitals and upon completion of the training, these doctors were supposed to be posted as specialists in the districts from which they were drawing salaries to overcome the shortage of specialists in these far-flung areas.
The doctors concerned were also made to sign surety bonds of Rs 0.5 million in this regard. But the DCO concerned are trying their level best to fail this plan of the CM. Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and Young Doctors’ Association (YDA) office bearers including Dr Tanveer Anwar, Dr Ashraf Nizami, Dr Izhar Ahmed, Dr Shahid Malik, Dr Kamran Saeed, Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi, Dr Aslam Rao, Dr Talha Sherwani, Dr Khuda Bux, Dr Khalid Idrees, Dr Ghulam Qasim and Dr Nazim Ali have appealed to the CM and health secretary to intervene and get the pending salaries of poor doctors released.