KP patients in remain in crisis as deadlock between govt, GHA continues


Patients in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are still running from pillar to post in vain as the doctors and paramedics strike entered its 28th day on Tuesday.

According to the details, out-patient departments (OPDs) in government hospitals have remained closed for almost a month now as friction between the Grand Health Alliance (GHA) and the provincial government continues.

Protesting doctors have demanded the resignation of Provincial Health Minister Hisham Inamullah Khan.

The provincial government, on the other hand, has upheld district and regional health authorities’ decision to enforce the law whereas doctors, 50 of whom have been termed ‘masterminds’ behind the ongoing protests by the KP government, have decided to continue their protest.

Federal and Punjab GHA members had also invited K-P doctors for a long-march towards Islamabad on October 25 for acceptance of their demands.

Earlier it was reported that the doctors had also decided to stop providing in-door services at all hospitals in the province.

The provincial health department has sought permission from the Provincial Public Service Commission to appoint some 450 doctors on Basic Pay-Scale (BPS) Grade 17 to fill slots of those doctors who either wish to quit or whom the government wants to sack for their role in the protests.