Nursing employees deprived of three-month salaries

KARACHI: Over two dozen employees of Directorate of Nursing have not been paid three moth salaries due to non-posting of director on vacant post, it was learned on Wednesday.

Sources at Directorate of Nursing on condition of anonymity said three major posts, including a director and two deputy directors nursing, are lying vacant since last last few months, causing serious inconvenience to staff and students. Due to non-posting of director on vacant post, over two dozen employees of directorate of nursing and nursing examination board Sindh have been deprived of their salaries since last three months.

They informed that Director Directorate of Nursing Talat Shah had retired from her post in December 2014, while deputy director education and deputy director services’ posts are lying vacant since several months. They staff and students are facing great hardship as provincial authorities could not fill these posts yet.

The dozens of employees of Sindh Nursing Examination Board have been deprived of their three month salaries due to signature of director on their pay slips. The employees have showed their concern over delay in appointment of director on vacant post.

Sources said similarly hundreds of male and female students who applied for diploma were also facing inconvenience due to non-posting of director and deputy directors. The nursing students belonging to interior Sindh were also facing great difficulties to get their diploma.

Many nursing students who applied for jobs in public and private sector hospitals were also facing hardships over non-issuance of their diplomas as they were regularly visiting the directorate since last several weeks.

Focal Person Provincial Nurses Association (PNA) Ejaz Ahmed Kaleri said all financial, administrative and other officials’ works have badly been disturbed due to non-posting of director on vacant post at Directorate of Nursing . He said summery to appoint new director has been sent for approval three month ago which was still pending in health department.

He said health department tried to appoint a non-technical person Uzair Rustam Baloch on the post of Deputy Director Nursing, but later cancelled the notification over strong protest of nursing organizations.

Assistant Nursing Director at Directorate Nursing Sindh Khair-un-Nisa when contacted, said director nursing post is still lying vacant despite passage of three months as summery could not be approved yet.

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