LAHORE – Punjab Paramedics Alliance has called a meeting of general council on Sunday (today) to review arrangements for staging a sit in outside Chief Minister Secretariat on December 19. Meanwhile, PPA held a demonstration at Mental Hospital and marched to the Services Hospital on Saturday to press for the demands of revised service structure, health professional allowance and regularization of ad hoc employees. Dozens of paramedics, led by PPA chairman Malik Munir Ahmed and Sultan Mehmood Bhatti, participated in the rally to protest against lack of interest on the part of bureaucracy to implement the Chief Minister orders. Carrying placards and banners inscribed with writings in favour of their demands, protesting paramedics chanted slogans against the bureaucracy.  Malik Munir said the lower cadre employees of hospitals were protesting for many years for a service structure, health professional allowance and regularization of ad hoc employees. He said the CM had promised to fulfill demand five month backs but the bureaucracy in health and finance department was using delaying tactics. Separately, Health Department Punjab has surrendered the services of five officers/officials on different complaints and bad reputation. Section Officer (Dental) Muhammad Akhtar, SO (Liaison) Khalid Masood Tariq, PA Syed Tahir Ali Zaidi, Assistant Ilyas Butt, Assistant (Inquiry Section) Muhammad Asghar Siddique have been directed to report to the S&GAD with immediate effect. Classes: The MBBS classes of first academic session at newly established Ameer-ud-Din Medical College have started at Post Graduate Medical Institute from Saturday. The first session includes 100 students, 63 female and 37 male. Addressing the first batch at a ceremony, Principal PGMI and Lahore General Hospital Prof Anjam Habib Vohra expressed hope that the students would prove a great asset for the country, their parents and public in future. He said that students starting their career today would be the pioneer of a legacy of knowledge derived by the experienced and senior faculty members who are already well-known both in Pakistan and abroad for their excellent services. He said that Punjab Government and Health Department did not face any difficulty or financial burden for establishing a new medical college at PGMI because the entire necessary infrastructure was available for setting up a new institution.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 16-Dec-2012 here.