Fate of temporarily appointed doctors hangs in the balance


LAHORE – The fate of doctors recently recruited by the Punjab Health Department to run hospitals in the absence of striking doctors hangs in the balance, as the YDA has expressed its reservation regarding their future, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The Health Department appointed 617 doctors to run the emergency departments of various hospitals, while the young doctors were on a strike. However, the appointments are not regular, putting the fate of all these newly elected doctors in jeopardy.
President YDA Dr Hamid Butt called all newly appointed doctors “PCO doctors” and said the general council of the YDA along with seniors doctors will take a decision about the fate of all such doctors. However, Health Parliamentary Secretary Dr Saeed Elahi said all newly appointed doctors have been recruited on ad hoc basis and have been given a one year contract.
He further said the health department cannot hold regular appointments, as these come only through the Punjab Public Service Commission. He moreover said the government will not abandon the newly appointed doctors, but after the expiry of their contract they could only be regularized through the PPSC.