Thirty doctors out of the 55 recently recruited docs have refused to join their duties at the basic health units and rural health centres here as a protest against “strict” conditions of the government in this regard.

As per the Punjab government’s recruitment policy, the doctors would not be allowed to practice privately; their incentives would not be increased; and they would not be transferred and posted to any other place for the next three years.

The Punjab government had recruited the 55 doctors in Sialkot district to cope with prolonged shortage of the doctors in BHUs and RHCs as the health facilities were non-functional. Protesting against the “strict conditions”, the 30 doctors protested against these conditions. Earlier, they had deposited their affidavits and agreed to join the duties while the rest 25 doctors have started discharging their responsibilities.

District Health Officer Dr Javaid Warraich said that the doctors had been appointed at different BHUs and RHCs in Sialkot district out of which 25 doctors have joined their duties. He said that the rest will join their duties soon, he hoped.