The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health and Information and spokesman of the provincial government Shaukat Ali Yousafazi, has assured the ad hoc doctors that their problems will be removed on priority basis and practical measures will be taken for regularizing them.
He was talking to a delegation of ad hoc doctors which called on him at his office in Peshawar on Monday. The members of the delegation apprised the minister of their grievances and stated that the Court had ordered one year extension in their services in October 2012 but despite the lapse of nine months no action had been taken on the court directives and they were not getting their salaries for the last nine months. They demanded immediate release of their salaries, issuing notification of their appointments and regularization of their services under the Assembly Act.
The minister health said the demands of the ad hoc doctors were genuine and assured them that if there was not any technical matter all the same demands would be met soon. He directed the concerned authorities to look into the demands of the ad hoc doctors and send their case to him so that practical measures could be taken in this connection.
Shoukat Yousafzai said that the government was feeling the shortage of doctors in the hospitals and efforts were being under way to remove this shortage. He said for this purpose ad hoc doctors were being recruited and efforts would be made to solve their problems first. The minister said the health sector was the most important one and working group had been established to bring reforms in this sector. He said a meeting of the working group had also been held and recommendations would be finalized till July 15 which would be presented to the provincial government.
He said the present government had made an increase of Rs. 1 billion in the health budget and if necessary more increase would be made. He said in all the hospitals the patients would be provided all the necessary facilities so that the burden on the three city hospitals could be reduced.