Doctors, paramedics continue to protest in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD (NNI): The doctors and paramedical staff at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad, continued their strike for the fifth consecutive day on Friday.

There was no relief for the patients who came hoping for treatment as the hospital’s emergency ward, out-patient department and several operation theatres remained closed.

More than 500 operations have been postponed in the past five days.

The medical and paramedical staff demand that PIMS, which is the constituent hospital of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, should be separated from the university.

One of the protesters remarked that the “PIMS treats thousands for patients for free. However, it’s dependence on the university will give university administration the right to decide who will be given treatment.”

Another protester shared that the university wants to minimise its staff and keep least number of people around. Many will lose their jobs as a result of this, he added.

“We have approached the government over the issue and protested. No idea what they have been doing,” a protester said while speaking to Media.