Paramedics and nurses at Shaikh Zayed Hospital today called off their 39 day strike after the government accepted their demands for civil servant status.

The Punjab Health Department conceded most of their claims including the transfer of control of the hospital to a board of management.

Officials finally yielded to their demands after their protests blocked treatment and strikers intimidated patients seeking help.

“The Punjab Health Department has forwarded a summary to the Punjab Chief Minister regarding constitution of BoM and giving status of civil servants to the hospital employees”, said one office bearer of the Allied Health Staff Association, which led the strike. A formal announcement that the strike is over will made later today at the SZH Auditorium.

The strike affected service delivery for 39 days at one of Lahore’s biggest public sector hospitals. The strikers’ had jostled patients and their families and verbally abused them when they entered the hospital for treatment. Health adviser to the Chief Minister Khwaja Salman Rafiq was pelted with rotten eggs and tomatoes as he tried to leave the hospital on September 21. He and senior doctors were forced to hide in the hospital’s kidney centre auditorium for two hours as protestors laid siege to the building.