KASUR, Dec 7: Up to 120 trainee nurses and midwives at the Kasur District Headquarters Hospital have not been paid their monthly stipend for the last 10 months. They warned they would stop working at the hospital and initiate a legal action against the authorities if their pending stipends were not paid by the end of December.
They had staged a protest demonstration some two weeks back near the emergency ward but the local administration persuaded them to call off the strike as their outstanding stipends would be released in two days. They said they had waited for two weeks to receive their dues but nothing happened.
Trainees said they were finding it hard to pay for their mess, admission fee, books, uniform and other expenditures. They also wrote a letter to the school principal. Teachers of the nursing school on the contract were also performing their duties without salaries for the last 10 months.
MS Syeda Shah, principal of the nursing school, could not be reached for comment whereas Health Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdul Majeed said that the change in the devolution system in January last created a technical deadlock determining the heads of accounts. He said that he had held a number of meetings with accounts officials to resolve the issue.
According to a letter by the principal to the health authorities (No 16541-56/CEO/DHA/B&A dated July 29, 2017), Rs25 million was allocated under the sub-head AO-6102 for the payment of stipends but the funds were never released. After an increment to the stipends, the amount required for the clearance of pending stipends stands at Rs27.6 million, says a letter by the principal of the nursing school.
The letter also states over Rs10 million is also required for utility bills and leave charges.
Published by Daily Dawn on Dec 7, 2017