Paramedics stage demo against hospitals’ proposed privatization

KARACHI: The Pakistan Paramedical Staff Association (PPMSA) Sindh on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration outside Karachi Press Club against proposed privatization of government hospitals in Sindh. The PPMSA demanded of the provincial government to withdraw its decision of privatising state-owned institutions on urgent basis.

The protesters were led by PPMSA Sindh President Ismail Jiskani, Abdul Sattar, Haji Gul Saeed Khan, Haq Nawaz Sial and Jam Jamil. They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with different slogans like withdrawal of privatization policy of public hospitals, save health department from NGOs and anti-employees policy is not acceptable.

Talking to media persons, Jiskani said the privatization policy of Sindh hospitals is not acceptable, therefore, paramedics will not allow provincial government to hand over public hospitals to NGOs.

He said paramedics had launched a province-wide protest demonstration against proposed privatizations policy of government hospitals. He said the government had made a plan to hand over 219 healthcare centres to NGOs including Basic Health Units (BHUs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Taluka Health Units (THUs), and District Headquarter Hospitals (DHQs) in Sindh.

PPMSA leader Gul Saeed Khan said the Sindh government had created uncertainty among the doctors, nurses and paramedics by such move, which was unacceptable.

They demanded of the government to withdraw anti-public decision on urgent basis; otherwise, the scope of the protest demonstration will be widened in future.