CHK doctors end protest, resume duties


KARACHI – The doctors of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) who have been agitating for their demands for the past two days resumed their duties on Friday. CHK Medical Superintendent Prof Said A Qureishi told APP that the doctors have given a written assurance that they would not continue their protest as their security has been beefed up. “Basically, it was a partial strike that the doctors from gynecology wards had observed after a man allegedly abused their colleagues,” he said. In reply to a question, the medical superintendent said that the turnover of patients was comparatively lower, but staffers and doctors were there to their optimum capacity.
“Ours is an essential job involving human lives,” he added.
He said that the CHK doctors in general were demanding mandatory presence of auxiliary staff comprising nurses, paramedics and technicians so as to provide them the much-needed assistance in attending to patients. “The issue of vacant posts of nurses continues to persist yet the administration is trying to make best use of the available resources,” he said.