ISLAMABAD - The House Officers and postgraduate trainee doctors of Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) went on strike owing to the government reluctance to increase their monthly stipends. As a protest the aggrieved doctors did not attend the Outdoor Patients Department (OPD) and the strike continued from 9:00am to 1:00pm. They also threatened that if their demand was not fulfilled they would go on full-fledged strike and would show no reluctance to boycott CCU, ICU and Emergency Department as well. Around 100 doctor participated in the protest rally and they marched from the premises of the hospital to outside road. They were holding placards urging the government to increase their monthly stipends. They opined that if the Punjab and Sindh governments could take such initiatives then why the authorities concerned did not implement the same decision in the federal capital. Talking to TheNation, Dr Sajid Neurologist, who was leading the protest rally, said, We are peacefully protesting and we are of the view that our hospital administration did its level best to draw the attention of the authorities concerned towards this matter but all in vain. So now all the House Officers and postgraduate trainee doctors working at PIMS have decided to come on roads in protest. The monthly stipend of the House Officers should be increased from Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 and the postgraduate trainee instead of Rs 15,000 should be given Rs 22,000 Dr Sajid further maintained. He urged the government to also increase the stipends of postgraduate trainees who are doing MCPS, DCPS and DCH from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. On the other hand, Dr Riaz Butt, representative of the PIMS, met with the Finance Secretary to sort out the long-standing problem. According to the hospital source it is the Ministry of Finance, which is not ready to give increment in the monthly stipends of the trainee doctors.