Medical staff’s strike irks patients in PIMS

 
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Islamabad, Oct 7 (TNS): Patients suffering as health services were badly hit in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Islamabad due to the strike of medical staff.

PIMS Employees Association staging strike for immediate separation of hospital from the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University.

The strike led to closure of the Outdoor Patient Department (OPDs) and cancellation of schedule surgeries. Long queues were observed outside the main emergency while the pathology lab also remained dysfunctional.

The protestors threatened to shut down all services in case of non-implementation of their demands.

Dozens of regular and contractual employees of PIMS, including medical and paramedical staff, gathered outside the administrative block and demanded separation of hospital from the SZABMU to secure their service structure.

The protestors were carrying banners demanding the government to pass the university separation amendment bill on emergency basis.