Non-Abolishment of MTI Act: PIMS Doctors Close OPDs

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by Iqra Zafar

22-11-2022
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Islamabad: The outpatient departments (OPDs) of Pakistan Institute Medical Sciences (PIMS) remained closed on Monday due to an ongoing strike by doctors regarding the non-abolishment of the MTI act.

Due to the closure of OPDs at PIMS Hospital, hundreds of patients experienced inconvenience. The reason behind the protest was the non-abolishment of the MTI act. This strike was earlier announced by the spokesman of Federal Health Alliance (FHA) Dr. Asfandyar Khan said that OPD at PIMS will remain closed from Monday every morning (8:00 am to 2:00 pm). 

The employees will gather in front of the admin block and record their protest,” said the Federal Health Alliance (FHA) spokesperson.

 

The strike participants are concerned over the delay in signing the MTI repealing bill by President Arif Alvi. “We condemn the obstruction caused by the President of Pakistan in repealing the MIT Act,” said the FHA spokesperson. 

This bill was earlier passed by the National Assembly on October 18 and the Senate. The bill was further forwarded for presidential approval. President Arif Alvi implemented the MTI ordinance in November 2020 suggesting that the hospital will run through a board of governors (BoG).

The abolishment of MTI Act, 2022 has been approved by both Houses. The current management committee and board of the PIMS should be abolished, and the hospital should be taken over by the government,” he further demanded.