Peshawar: The health department Of KPK has recruited 700 doctors, initially hired for COVID Duty as permanent. In 2020, these were hired as Medical Officers on a contractual basis in different regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to the notification issued on Wednesday, their services have been made permanent from the dates of their appointments.
Officials say that the health department recruited the doctors to perform their duties on COVID-19 apart from examination of patients. The doctors played a great role in the control and prevention of the pandemic.
There was an acute shortage of doctors when the pandemic broke out due to which the department started appointing ad hoc doctors, from time to time, whose performances were up to the desired level, added officials.
A total of 1,122 doctors out of 1,500 applicants were recruited on a contractual basis in Aril 2020. After the completion of the contract, it was renewed for only 965 doctors. The rest were sent home on the basis of their poor performance. Som got terminated and the total count stands at 740 now.
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The medics while working collected samples from the infected people and got them as well. Some of them also put their families at risk while doing that.
The officials further added, “the government has regularised their services for better performance during coronavirus outbreaks but now they are required by patients in hospitals in their respective districts.”
General Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ad hoc Medical Officers Association Dr. Naveed Farooq Wazir said “We appeal to the government to make the posts transferable because several doctors belonging to Bannu, and Dera Ismail Khan are working in Malakand and other remote districts. They want to be transferred to the nearest health facilities in their native areas.”
It was also discussed that the doctors were facing a delay in their salaries since their appointments. Unlike the Government doctors and MDs, their contracts were regenerated by every quarter by the health department.