PM's orders yet to be implemented

ISLAMABAD Despite the orders of the Prime Minister with regard to regularisation of the contractual doctors working in the public sector hospitals of Islamabad Territory Capital (ICT), the Ministry of Health has not taken any action in this regard. Almost a year ago, the Prime Minister while taking notice of the problems being faced by the contractual doctors, directed the Ministry to regularise doctors having more than two-year experience. According to the well-placed sources, a proposal containing a list of more than 130 doctors working in various hospitals was sent to the Ministry seeking regularisation on seniority basis. However, after passage of more than a year still the file is pending with the Ministry and no decision has been taken in this regard. The decision was taken to give more incentives to the health care providers so that they can serve the patients with dedication, sources further maintained. The then Minister of Health Mir Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani had also announced in the National Assembly to regularise all doctors working in the Federal Capital on merit basis. According to an official of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, the hospital administration after receiving directives from the Ministry submitted the list of the deserving doctors. We are continuously coordinating with the Ministry and still we expect that some good decision would be announced soon , he noted. The hospital administration understands the concerns of the contractual doctors regarding their future and we also want that the issue should be resolved urgently, he further maintained. The issue can be resolved within days and the Ministry is only using delaying tactics, said an aggrieved doctor while talking to TheNation. While quoting the examples of the Government of Punjab, one of the contractual doctors said that Punjab Chief Minister had accepted the 15-year old demand of the doctors and approved regularisation of 4,000 medical officers and 2,000 medical consultants and specialist doctors. So if they can regularise a thousand of doctors then why can it not be done in the Capital, he added. He urged the authorities concerned to take up the matter immediately and come up with some positive response, as future of hundreds of doctors is at the stake. The contractual doctors are uncertain about their future for the last many years so the decision to regularise the doctors would result in provision of better medical facilities to people, said a senior doctor working at the PIMS.

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