GHA gives govt one-week deadline to meet demands.

KARACHI -- The Grand Health Alliance (GHA) representing junior doctors, nurses, paramedics and lady health workers have warned the government of suspending patient services at hospitals across the province, if the health risk allowance is not restored within a week.

The warning came at a press conference organised by the alliance's representatives at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday.

'During the week, we will continue with the two-hour token strike at hospitals and boycott the forthcoming anti-polio drives planned in Larkana, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur from Jan 16,' said Dr Mehboob NoonAari of the alliance, adding that healthcare providers had also planned rallies across Sindh in coming days and would set up protest camps at hospitals.

Asked about the boycott of election duties announced earlier, Dr Faizan Memon said the decision had been withdrawn.

'Many of our colleagues were of the opinion that such a boycott might lead to the success of candidates who do not support workers' rights. If this happens, this would harm our interests.'

The speakers criticised the government 'apathy' towards healthcare providers who, they said, were finding it hard to make ends meet after the government...

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