ISLAMABAD, Feb 22 (APP):The doctors, nurses and para medical staff of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Friday called off their ongoing strike on assurance of Minister for National Health Services to address their concerns on proposed draft of legislation.“Arising from this assurance the ongoing strike that we have embarked upon is hereby suspended. This is to show our trust on the assurance of the minister on our concerns about the certain amendments in legislation related to the hospital,” head of employees’ action committee PIMS Dr Asfandyar announced this at gathering of protesters.
Talking to media persons at PIMS, Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Aamer Mehmood Kiani said, “We have looked at these issues and through the process we have able to come to conclusion with the representatives of protesters. Now the dispute has been resolved.”
He said that the government was well aware of the issues of the doctors, medical and non-medical staff of PIMS.
He assured that the government will not take decision about the legislation without taking inputs from the representatives of hospital staff. He said that the government would get suggestions from them and make it part of that legislation.
He made it clear that presently only draft of the legislation has been approved and the final legislation would be made after satisfying the PIMS employees.
He said that a five-member-committee representing the PIMS employees will have meeting with him to resolve all matters. He said that the government would address all genuine issues of the PIMS employees.
The minister also announced to reverse the suspension orders of some PIMS employees.
He said that the government was committed to ensure best medical care to the patients at all public sector hospitals and said that the role of doctors, nurses and para medical staff was important in this regard.
He said that more funds were being allocated to improve the standard of healthcare delivery system. He said that more facilities were being provided to federal capital major hospitals including PIMS to satisfy the patients.
Talking to media persons, Dr Asfandyar said that the strike was suspended due to mutual understanding reached between the representatives of PIMS employees and the minister. “We have reached an understanding after a lengthy deliberation which started one day back.”
He said, “We were able to reach an understanding and the employees have agreed to call off strike, which is being implemented.” He said that the minister has accepted all demands of the employees and assured full support to meet the genuine demands of the PIMS employees.
Dr Asfandyar expressed optimism that the demands of the employees would be met in coming days as agreed upon by the two parties regarding the decision of running the affairs of the hospital under board of governors.
It is pertinent to mention here that the employees of PIMS had proceeded on an indefinite strike a week back at hospital, in favour of their demands.