ISLAMABAD - The strike of the medical and non-medical staff that was started on Monday continued on the fifth consecutive day, Friday, against the new health structure in federal hospitals crippling the healthcare services in the federal capital.

Professors, doctors, nurses, paramedical and non-medical employees of federal government hospitals did not perform their duties and protested against a bill the government is likely to table in the Parliament, seeking the approval of Career Structure for Health Professionals (CSHP).

The Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Federal Government Services Hospital (FGSH), and the National Institute of Rehabilitation and Medicine (Nirm) were closed down. The employees withdrew their services from Coronary Care Unit (CCU), where critical patients for heart diseases are treated during the strike and only emergency and ICU services remained functional.

On the fifth day of strike some politicians including Shaikh Rashid, Tariq Fazal of PML-N, activist J.Salik visited Pims to show the solidarity with the employees.

They ensured them that their concerns would be conveyed to the appropriate forum.

The Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Imtiaz Inayat Elahi also held a meeting with the representatives of employees.

The employees apprised him as to why they don’t want the new service structure to be implemented and want to continue their services in basic pay scale. He also requested them to end their strike for the time being so that the healthcare does not suffer, as their grievances would be addressed. However, the employees are adamant that they would continue their strike till they are given incentives while staying in BPS and CHSP is not withdrawn.