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Doctors protest for raise in salaries.

By: OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE, June 5 (THE NATION): On the call of Pakistan Medical Association and Young Doctors Association doctors from various hospitals of Lahore held a peaceful protest and staged sit-in at the Assembly Hall on Saturday and blocked The Mall for more than an hour. Addressing the doctors, the PMA and YDA office-bearers criticised the federal and provincial governments and said the only way to resolve all issues of the patients and doctors was to increase the health budget but the government instead of increasing was continuously decreasing it every year. The young doctors further added the doctors were the most over-worked and under-paid professionals and demanded that the pay of a house officer be raised to Rs35,000, medical officer/PG trainee to Rs80,000 and senior registrar to Rs150,000 and a special pay package be given to all cadres of doctors. Security be provided to all doctors during duty, a regular service structure be announced for doctors and pay protection to be given to recently regularised doctors. The doctors raised slogans against Jamshed Dasti MNA too and demanded his arrest while they also demanded release of Dr Ayyaz Ali Khan from UAE. PMA & YDA further added they would continue a peaceful protest movement till the acceptance of their demands and further future plan would be announced after a combined meeting of PMA & YDA.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 5, 2010
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