Neurosurgery staff protest against non-payment of three salaries

Karachi: The Unpaid employees of Neurosurgery Project of Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) Rangoonwala Building on Friday staged a protest demonstration in front of Account Department office of the hospital for non-payment of their three-month salaries.

Over 100 employees of Neurosurgery Project from grade 1 to 16 participated in the protest. President Neurosurgery Employees Action Committee Ameer Ali Dinari, when contacted, said around 250 employees were hired in 2007 on contract basis for neurosurgery project and later they all were regularized by pervious government in 2011. He said the employees hired in 2007 comprised doctors, paramedical staff, nurses, physiotherapists and others.

He said about four-month ago the account section of JPMC stopped their salaries with excuse of non-approval of PC-4 about their salaries and later the employees were asked to contact Accountant General (AG). He said employees contacted AG and Sindh government to know the actual reason behind their salaries non-payment but both showed their no objection in this regard.

He claimed that doctors and nurses of neurosurgery dept were receiving their salaries but lower staff had been deprived of three-month salaries.

He demanded of the provincial health minister and other high-ups to take strict notice of situation. He further demanded early release of employees’ three-month salaries.

He announced the employees would again stage protest demonstration on Saturday at account department JPMC for early release of their salaries.

Joint Director JPMC Dr Seemi Jamali when contacted said non-approval of PC-4 for lower cadres of neurosurgery project was main reason behind the non-release of salaries. She said administration and accountant were within in contact with Secretary Health for release their salaries before Eid.

She hoped that letter of employees salaries would be released within two or three days. She said employees of neurosurgery would get their salaries on Monday after issuance of letter from Secretary Health.