Healthcare providers warn govt of OPDs closure, election duty boycott.

KARACHI -- Representing junior doctors, nurses, paramedics, lady health workers, the Grand Health Alliance (GHA) is back to its protest threatening a complete closure of outpatient department services at public sector hospitals and the upcoming anti-polio drive.

The alliance held its second day of agitation by holding a token strike from 8am till 10am at all government-run hospitals across Sindh on Tuesday.

'We are forced to resume our protest after almost two months since the government hasn't delivered on any of its promises,' Dr Faizan Memon of Young Doctors' Association told Dawn.

He regretted that there was no progress on health workers' issues despite multiple meetings with government representatives.

'We withdrew from our demand regarding the Covid risk allowance on the official assurance that our salaries and allowances would be brought at par with those of our counterparts in other provinces. But, the government's assurances haven't materialised,' he said.

GHA to resume protest due to unfulfilled promises

The alliance has demanded a uniform policy for professional allowance, timely appointments and promotions of all cadres and bringing salaries of doctors in Sindh at par with their counterparts in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It plans to hold a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Thursday (tomorrow) where it would...

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