3rd day of strike at JPMC, NICH hits patients hard

KARACHI: Poor patients continued to suffer in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and National Institute of Child Health (NICH) on Wednesday as protest and sit-in by employees continued despite several requests from hospitals administration.

Joint Action Committee of JPMC and NICH also staged a protest demonstration and sit-in along with their children outside the Najmuddin Auditorium against non-issuance of health allowances summery notification and regularization of neurosurgery employees.

Due to strike, hundreds of patients returned homes without consultation and treatment due to the strike since last three days. The OPD services, X-ray department and other diagnostic facilities remained suspended which added to the miseries of poor patients and their attendants.

The poor patients, especially coming from far-flung areas of Sindh, Balochistan, and South Punjab, suffered a lot as the medical fraternity in the two healthcares boycotted OPDs for third third day.

At least 350 planned surgeries were cancelled in both the hospitals in three days due to protest by employees, causing grave inconvenience to visiting patients.

Media Coordinator, Joint Action Committee, Ismail Jiskani, said negotiation between Joint Action Committee members and health department high ups had again failed. He said emergency meeting of the committee members will now be held on 17 September to decide future course of action plan on whether to continue protest or not.

Earlier, some members of the committee forced kitchen and sanitary department workers to participate in the protest demonstration and stage a sit-in. They also closed down OPDs and other departments.

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