LAHORE, June 13: The Young Doctors Association Pakistan has asked owners of private hospitals affiliated to private medical colleges to give raise to their doctors showing similar gesture as given by the Punjab government by announcing Rs5.2 billion pay package for public sector health professionals in the recent budget.
According to a press release issued here on Sunday, the demand came in a YDA meeting which was attended by Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi, Dr Talha Sherwani, Dr Khuda Baksh, Dr Ali, Dr Kamran Yousaf and Dr Khalid Idrees.
YDA central office bearers have demanded of private hospitals to fix Rs50,000 salary for a medical officer/resident and Rs24,000 for a house officer.
Expressing their resentment, they said that some private hospitals had hired house officers in place of medical officers and were involved in the worst exploitation of doctors.
They said most of private medical colleges were not paying anything to their graduates doing house jobs and a few were giving them only Rs10,000 which was much less than the amount being given in the government sector.
They said these private medical colleges were forcing their graduates to do house jobs in government hospitals which was a clear violation of the laid down rules of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
The YDA has decided to prepare a list of doctors working in private hospitals which will soon be displayed on association’s website www.ydap.org along with present salaries being given by each private hospital to doctors.
The YDA would then take up the issue with owners of these hospitals and the PMDC.Dawn