Nursing staff in KP reject new service rules

Peshawar

Peshawar: Male and Female Nursing staff in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have rejected the new service rules, announced recently by provincial government, and urged step should be reviewed the rules in best interest of health sector, and to bring amendments in it immediately.

Addressing at a press conference at press club here on Monday, All District Nurses Association Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial president Farrukh Jalil said that provincial government had recently issued service rules through a notification on May 12, without proper consultations with nurses and other relevant stakeholders, which was created great unrest among nursing staff across the province.

According to service rules, he said the high qualification has made pre-requisite to upgrade charge nurses to head nurse, equivalent to grade BPS-17. He said a nurse was promoted to grade-17 as head nurse under previous, Now, he said the new rules would block the way of promotion of nurse, which spent over three-decade in service. Whereas, he said tutor nurses will get again promotion in scale-17 from same grade, which could not acceptable to them.

We want to resolve the issue on priority basis. We understand that education is also very important, but the seniority should not be underestimated, Mr Farrukh said. He said the unjust with senior nurse could be intolerable. He viewed the step was taken by some people for their wasted interest by ignoring the whole nursing fraternity. He called to expose all opportunists to cleanup black sheep in nursing community. He urged the a lot of work had done on service rules 2011, which should be passed immediately and implement across the province.

Flanked by the association office bearers, and male and female nurses, Mr Farrukh also raised the issue of students scholarship, and said that in Punjab student nurses had offered Rs.22,000 per scholarship, but in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, nurse student availed only Rs.5000/- under student scholarship program, which should be increased at Rs.20,000/.

About the special compensatory allowance, he said government had promised to give compensatory allowance to 16 to 17 grade officers, however, he said decision was implemented immediately. But, he said the allowance was deducted again from nursing community, which was complete unjust with them. He urged the government to stop step-motherly attitude with the community.

Regarding the health professional allowance, he said doctor community had availed Rs.60,000 to Rs.140,000 as health professional allowance. He said there is also nurses professional, therefore, he demanded of the government to extend professional allowance to nurses. He further asked to give allowance to nurses like given to doctor community. He also called for immediate approval and implementation of service structure for nursing community.