Special pay package for medics soon: CM

LAHORE:A delegation of young doctors met the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif at CM House on Monday and apprised him of the demands of young medics, including a special pay package and protection for doctors.The meeting was attended by Secretary Health Punjab Fawad Hasan Fawad, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr Saeed Elahi and Dr Asad Ashraf while the delegation of young doctors comprised Dr Salman Kazmi, Dr Aslam Rao, Dr Khuda Bakhsh, Dr Usra Sadaqat and others.Young doctors appealed to the Chief Minister to raise the salary of a Medical Officer/ PG trainee to Rs 70,000, House Officer to Rs 30,000 Senior Registrar to Rs 1,50,000 and also announce a special pay package for other doctors. Doctors further said that as the government has given a special pay package to the judiciary, they need to announce for doctors too to stop the brain drain.

The Chief Minister assured the young doctors that the Punjab government would announce a special salary package for the doctors in a few weeks time as the young doctors are a valuable asset of the country and they would be given a pay raise, he constituted eight member committee comprising Chief Secretary, Secretary Health, Dr Saeed Ellahi, Dr Asad Ashraf and five members of the young doctors. This committee would finalise pay package of doctors in next few weeks and Chief Minister would announce the decision in the next meeting with the young doctors.The Chief Minister urged the young doctors to serve the public and also accepted their other demands of pay protection and security of the hospitals – Nation