LAHORE - Punjab Paramedics Alliance (PPA) and Health Support Staff Association (HSSA) held a demonstration on Wednesday at Jinnah Hospital to press for the demand of revised service structure and Health Professional Allowance (HPA) on the pattern of doctors and nurses.

Led by Chairman PPA Malik Munir Ahmed and President HSSA Mian Khalid Mahmood, dozens of paramedics gathered in front of the Admin Block and chanted slogans against the government and in favour of their demands.

Addressing the participants, Malik Munir Ahmed said that the chief minister promised to resolve the problems of paramedics which have not happened even after lapse of four years. He said that the paramedics would have no option except to go on strike if the legitimate demands were not accepted. He said that PP and HSSA would stage a sit in outside Civil Secretariat on Thursday (today) to convey a strong message to the government.

YDA ON STRIKE: Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab continued their strike at OPDs of major hospitals in the province on Wednesday to protest against attacks on doctors, causing huge inconvenience to visiting the patients.

Their strike at OPDs also affected service delivery at indoors and admission of new patients besides causing cancellation of hundreds of scheduled surgeries. The strike caused patients to go to emergency for treatment, increasing burden on already overloaded departments of all the major hospitals.

YDA Punjab has vowed to continue strike at OPDs daily till 11 am to press for the demand of making proper security arrangements at public sector hospitals.

Call to follow  professional norms: Post Graduate Medical Institute ex-dean Prof Ejaz Ahsan has urged doctors to follow international professional norms and practices along with modern medical research based treatment techniques to combat emerging epidemics and diseases.

Speaking at the inaugural session of fifth Annual Scientific Symposium at Lahore General Hospital on Wednesday, he commended the hospital administration for conducting such a scientific symposium so as to update knowledge of doctors.

The topic of the symposium was “Change of Approach in Medical Profession”. Prof Anjum Habib Vohra, Prof Syed Asghar Naqi, Prof Agha Shibir Ali, Prof Khalid Mahmood and Prof Nazir Ahmed addressed the inaugural session. Faculty members, students and a large numbers of doctors attended the symposium.

Prof Ejaz advised doctors to work with dedication as it would bring a good name to the community and improve service delivery at hospitals.