Govt ready to hold talks with protesting doctors: Minister

PESHAWAR: Minister for Health, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai here Tuesday said the Government was ready to hold negotiations with the protesting doctors regarding their demands.
He urged them to immediately end their strike in the larger interest of the ailing humanity, saying the government would shortly announce new health policy for KP.
"Strike is not a solution of any problem. we are ready to hold negotiations with protesting doctors over their demands including service structure and I hope the doctors will end their strike forthwith after this assurance," he told a press conference here at Officers Mess.

He said all modalities are being taken into account in the larger interest of the doctors, paramedics and other health employees. He said all the problems of the doctors would be resolved on priority basis.
Yousafzai said the government was striving hard to provide problems free environment to doctors to enable them to perform their duty well that would go a long way in ensuring provision of better healthcare to the patients.
"There is no justification of strike after the government has approved service structure for doctors," he remarked. The Minister said Insaf Doctors Forum, Young Doctors Forum, Nursing Teaching Staff have ended their strike.
He said the government believed on policy of merit and the doctors and paramedics would be strictly appointed on merit. Referring to posting/transfer policy of the government, he said, it is being done in public interest to enhance working of the Govt hospitals.
Dr Rehman Ghani has been posted as Chief Executive Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad, Dr Inayat Shah Roghani Chief Executive Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar and Dr Tahir was posted as Chief Executive Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Peshawar.
He said the newly health policy of KP would be announced shortly that would hopefully addressed 80 percent problems. The KP government policy, he said, would be aimed to revamp health sector and restore confidence of people on Govt hospitals.
As per the Govt's plans to introduce reforms in health sector, the Minister disclosed that 500 doctors and 650 paramedics doctors would be appointed to provide improved medical facilities to patients at their doorsteps. This would help reduce load of patients in big hospitals.
The government, he said, has already released Rs. 1 billion for provision of best medical and emergency treatment facilities to patients in public sector hospitals of KP. - APP

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