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Faisalabad doctors, paramedics protest privatization of hospitals

They fear their job security would be affected

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 27, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Sep 27, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Doctors and paramedics staged on Friday a demonstration in Faisalabad demanding retraction of a government order for the privatization of hospitals.

They gathered around the medical superintendent’s office at the Allied Hospital, chanted slogans and held placards lamenting private hospitals’ practices.

Many patients suffered due to the protest, as they were not able to get treatment.

The protesters voiced fears that if the hospitals were given under private ownership, they would increase medical fees. The doctors feared that they would not have job security and the new management would impose strict rules on them.

The government is privatizing all government hospitals under the MTI Act, under which hospitals will operate autonomously, and their administration and financing will be free of any political interference.

A board of members will supervise the hospital operations.

It ensures availability of 24-hour emergency services, as well as free medicines and other services at all the public hospitals.

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