Gilgit, January 8: Doctors and paramedical staff across Gilgit-Baltistan will keep Outpatient Services at hospitals. Personal clinics will also remain closed. Those defying the decision of the Gilgit-Baltistan chapter of the Pakistan Medical Association will be fined and boycotted by the medical fraternity.
These decisions were announced by leaders of the PMA Gilgit-Baltistan today at a press briefing. The protesting Messiahs said that their symbolic protest in favor of their rights has not yielded results and that they were forced to take the extreme step due to government apathy. The press briefing was addressed by Dr. Abdul Rehbar and Dr. Farman Ullah, among others.
It is pertinent to note that the doctors and paramedical staff in Gilgit-Baltistan have been demanding pay raise and facilities at par with the perks and privileges enjoyed by their fellows at the Federal level. The GB government had assured them that their demands will be met but no action has been taken to materialize this demand.
The strike and closure of services will affect poor patients who visit government hospitals across the region.