Patients suffer across Sindh as doctors’ strike enters fourth day

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KARACHI: Doctors in government hospitals across Sindh continued their strike for a fourth straight day on Saturday, despite the provincial government accepting their demands to raise their pay and allowances.

The Out Patient Department (OPD) in hospitals across Sindh, including Karachi’s Jinnah, Civil Hospital and National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases are closed today owing to the strike.

On Wednesday, the doctors resumed their strike stating, they want the Sindh government to issue a notification for the pay raise or they will continue their strike.

The doctors had demanded that their salaries be matched with those working in government hospitals in Punjab. They had withdrawn their strike after the government assured them of meeting their demands, however, no official notification has been issued yet.

The strike has resulted in thousands of patients facing difficulties and having to resort to seeking treatment at private hospitals.

Moreover, OPDs in other government hospitals across the province including Thatta, Jacobabad and other cities also remained closed today with patients facing difficulties.

2019-02-16

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