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Basic Medical Sciences Association has threatened to launch a protest movement if government doesn’t stop deducting allowances from the salaries of its member teachers during leaves and vacations.



PESHAWAR The Basic Medical Sciences Association has threatened to launch a protest movement if government doesn’t stop deducting allowances from the salaries of its member teachers during leaves and vacations.

A general body meeting of the association was held with its president Prof Jamilur Rehman in the chair here the other day, said a press release. The members of the association from all medical colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attended the meeting, it said.

The government has started deducting allowances of the teachers of the basic medical sciences in the public’s sector medical colleges. The participants of the meeting said that other government employees received allowances during leaves and vocations.

This was against the basic rules and causing unrest among the teachers, they said andadded that a protest movement would be launched if the demand was not met.

The meeting urged Khyber Medical University to get its basic medical sciences courses approved by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. The M.Phil training programme started by KMU had yet not been evaluated by the PMDC, it said.

The doctors, who had been pursing M.Phil degrees in KMU, were worried owing to the delay by PMDC to inspect the programme and accord it recognition.


The meeting also criticised KMU for receiving high fee for the programme and asked it to reduce it to the level of other public sector universities.

It demanded a full autonomous status for all medical teaching institutions and resolved to launch a strong protest if any attempt to change the autonomous status of those institutions was made.

The press release warned those elements, who were trying to change the autonomous status of these institutions, of dire consequences.

The abduction of doctors and their releases after payment of ransom was also strongly criticised by the participants of the meeting.

They demanded of the government to improve law and order situation and protect doctors from criminals.

Those doctors, who were released after payment of ransom, should be compensated, they added. They showed concern over recent abduction of Dr Syed Mohammad Jamal from Hayatabad and demanded his safe recovery.

The meeting also decided to hold elections in the first week of December.Dawn.

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