100 employees of new hospital without salaries

TAXILA: Around 100 employees, including doctors, paramedical and administrative staff, of the newly-established Wah General Hospital are without salaries for three months.

Sources said around 100 employees, including 26 specialist doctors and 35 nurses, were hired for the hospital in December 2017. However, the hospital has not been formally opened, said the sources.

The employees have been attending their workplace but without patients as well as salaries.

The doctors, paramedical staff visit the hospital just to mark their attendance. Most of the employees have been appointed on contractual basis and have no other major source of earning, said an employee who wished not to be named.

He said the matter had been brought into the notice of the deputy district officer health Taxila and the chief executive officer health Rawalpindi who attributed the delay in the payment of the salaries to non-release of funds by the finance department, Lahore.

When contacted, Chief Executive Officer Health Dr Sohail Chaudhry said the matter was in the notice of the health and district administration. It was also discussed at a recent meeting held at the office of the deputy commissioner Rawalpindi, he said.

About the opening of the hospital, the official said he was not aware of the schedule as only officials at the provincial capital could take a decision about it. However, he said the hospital was fully equipped and ready and specialist doctors available for treating patients.