LAHORE: The Young Nurses Association (YNA) on Monday resumed their protest for the regularisation of their jobs, in front of the Lahore Press Club.
These protesting nurses had been working on contractual and ad hoc bases.
YNA leaders, including the association’s president, Rozina Manzoor, said the protest would continue until the acceptance of their demands, including regularisation of jobs.
Meanwhile, Director General (Nursing) Rukhsana Kamal told APP that a meeting with the YNA was held on March 9 in which the Punjab Health Department told them that it would adopt a lawful procedure to fill the vacant posts of nurses through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), as regular appointments in BPS-16 could not be made through an executive order.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders and activists also joined the nurses in their protest, and demanded that the government regularise them immediately.
PTI Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry said that the nursing profession, like most of the professions, is a victim of the PML-N government’s negligence.
He said that it was a matter of shame that the PML-N government on the International Women’s Day announced a package for women, but it contained nothing for the ordinary women.
He said that it was also shameful that daughters of Pakistan had been forced to come out on streets to demand their basic rights.
He said that the government first compelled lady health workers to come out on streets and now the nurses have been forced to do the same.
PTI MPA Shanila Rout said that she, along with leader of the opposition, would prepare a move against this injustice in the Punjab Assembly and demand restoration of the contracts of these nurses. She said that move would also be made for a proper service structure.
She also said that the nurses were the daughters of this country and it was the duty of every Pakistani to protect their rights.
PTI Punjab Information Secretary Andleeb Abbas also addressed the protesters and said that the demand gap for doctors in Pakistan was 40 percent, and that for nursing was 80 percent.
“It is ridiculous that the government is not regularising them.”
She further said that the PTI would raise a voice against the injustice not only by participating in the strike but also raising the issue in the Punjab Assembly, where all PTI MPAs would force the PML-N government to take corrective measures on the issue.
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