KARACHI - More than 250 doctors of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) have been working without salary for the last six months.
Dozens of the JPMC doctors staged a protest at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Tuesday in which majority of them is female doctors, which shows that the JPMC is still in grip of the detrimental effects of the devolution to Sindh government under the 18th Constitutional Amendment, a lady doctor said. These 250 doctors, including 34 males and 216 females, have not been paid since October 2013 to March 2014, she said.
The representative of the doctors Dr Muneeb said the employees of the largest health facility (JPMC) still demands of the government to restore the federal status of devolved hospitals in Karachi.
The Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) and the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) had been devolved to the Sindh Government under the 18th Constitutional Amendment. The effects of the devolution are still challenging for the staff of these former federal health facilities.
Dr Muneeb said that Secretary Health Iqbal Durrani had promised us that salaries would be issued in the first week of April, but his promise had not been fulfilled. Talking to media, he said that doctors work at the hospital day and night, and sometimes a doctor works more than 36 hours but in the reward he or she receives huge delay in salaries.
Following the situation, Special Secretary Dr Suresh Kumar rushed to the spot and assured the doctors on behalf of Sindh Secretary Health Iqbal Durrani that the government would resolve this issue as soon as possible. The special secretary said that Secretary Health would like to have a meeting with the doctors at his office on Wednesday to review the issue. After the assurance, the doctors terminated their protest.