LAHORE - Office bearers of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) have demanded of the Punjab government to increase the salaries of the doctors otherwise they would come on roads and observe protest countrywide. They said this while addressing a press conference at PMA house on Friday. Addressing the press conference president of Young Doctors Association (YDA) Rana Sohail and Secretary General Salman Kazmi said that at present a Medical Officer was drawing salary Rs 19,000 which was less than the salary of a Motorway Police Constable. They demanded of the government to increase the salaries of the doctors wherein an House Officer should be given monthly salary at least Rs 35,000 and Medical Officer Rs 85,000, Senior Registrar 150,000, Assistant Professor, Rs 250,000, Associate Professor 350,000 and Professor Rs 500,000. They demanded that doctors should be given time-scale promotion and salaries of nursing staff should also be increased. They also demanded that more nursing schools should be opened to overcome the shortage of nursing and paramedical staff. Doctors claimed that their meeting held on Friday was attended by good number of doctors from across the country and YDA has become a national association. They expressed concern over the fact that in the recent past Saudi Arabia has hired more than 1,500 doctors from Pakistan against lucrative remuneration. They were of the view that now their call of strike could paralyze the entire medical system of the country. Dr kazmi said that certain miscreants were trying to tarnish the image of YDA but they would not succeed in their nefarious designs.