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Striking doctors shut Tarinkot hospital

Striking doctors shut Tarinkot hospital

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Mar 13, 2014 - 22:12

TARINKOT (Pajhwok): Doctors at the civil hospital in this capital city of central Uruzgan province shut down operations in protest against cuts to their wages.

A large number of doctors gathered in front of the governor’s house, saying their salaries had been reduced.  They complained the reduced wages could not meet their economic needs.

Dr. Fazal Hadi Ziarmal, the hospital director in Tarinkot, told Pajhwok Afghan News that doctors faced many economic hardships after their salaries were reduced.

The protesting doctors and healthinfo-icon workers accused officials at the provincial public health department and the Afghan Health and Development Services of being discriminatory towards them.

The strike has left patients at the hospital struggling with many problems.

Uruzgan Governor Amanullah Taimuri, confirmed the strike and said a four member commission had been appointed to look into the problem.

The new governor asked the protesting doctors to call off their strike and resume duty.

Public health director Dr. Khan Agha Miakhel said a Ministry of Public Health delegation was expected to resolve the problem.

He said the AHDS had withheld some money from the salaries of a number of doctors at the civil hospital.

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