PIMS doctors call off strike after talks with health ministry

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APP01-22 ISLAMABAD: February 22 - Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Aamir Mehmood Kiani addressing to the protesting staffers of PIMS after successful talks. APP photo by Saeed-ul Mulk

ISLAMABAD: On directives of Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza, Secretary Health Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik met the representatives of Doctors Association who had announced a protest with regard to the initiative of the Government to introduce Medical Teaching Institute for Government Sector hospitals legislation at PIMS Hospital.

After successful talks with the Secretary Health, the doctors association represented by Dr Asfandyar Khan called off the strike. The doctors were assured by the Health Ministry that no law would be introduced without holding consultations with them and the draft of the proposed legislation would be shared with them before it is implemented.

The interest of the medical community will always be upheld said a spokesman of the Ministry of Health.

On the occasion, Dr Asfand Yar welcomed enhancement in allowances of doctors of hospitals of the federal capital announced by Dr Zafar Mirza Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health. This has resulted in a substantial increase of 40,000 to 50,000 rupees in the salaries of doctors serving in these hospitals.

He thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Dr Zafar Mirza for taking this historic step.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Health said we will continue to introduce measures to ensure better working conditions and benefits for the medical community.

The spokesman added that medical practice was a noble profession and appreciated the doctors for calling off the strike and focusing on their professional responsibilities for the benefit of thousands of patients who visit the hospital daily and are under treatment.