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Lahore: Nurses reject three-year contract offer as protest goes on
Another attempt of Punjab government to convince the protesting nurses failed when the ad-hoc nurses rejected provincial health ministry’s offer for three-year contract, insisting on service regularization. The nurses continued their protest sit-in for the seventh consecutive day today to press the government to regularize their services. On Friday, a seven-month pregnant nurse and her three colleagues suffered injuries when police thrashed them severely and resorted to baton charge at Mall Road. But it failed to break up the protest. The resolute nurses vowed to continue their sit-in till the acceptance of demands. They have been demanding that their services be regularized like that of lady health workers and the doctors. Nurses in Rawalpindi and Islamabad have also joined hands with their colleagues, staging protest demonstrations in the twin cities. The medical staff in government-run hospitals of the twin cities suspended their services for hours on Saturday, leaving patients in suffering. Their protest was also joined by chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed who assured his all out support to the protesting nurses.
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