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Balochistan doctors agree to end strike 

QUETTA: The Balochistan chapters of Young Doctors Association and All Pakistan Paramedics Federation have announced to end their strikes after reaching a consensus with the provincial government, which resulted in an acceptance of their legitimate demands. The Provincial Health Minister, Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch, reached the protesting camp of doctors and paramedics, which was set up outside the Quetta Press Club, and told the protestors that the provincial government had accepted their legitimate demands. “Chief Minister Balochistan has issued a directive to fulfill all legitimate demands of the young doctors and paramedics,” he said. He also said that the incumbent coalition government of Balochistan had paid special attention towards the health department, further adding that some remarkable improvements were also being made in this sector to facilitate doctors, paramedics and patients. He said that the government wanted to see young doctors and paramedics present at their workplace, to serve patients. He assured them that all of their legitimate demands would be fulfilled. Responding to him, President, YDA Balochistan, Dr Hafiz Mandokhel, and President, APPF Balochistan, Fazl Kakar, announced an end to their strike, which was underway for the previous two and half months. They said, “we announce ending our strike and sit-in staged to pressurise our demands for provision of service structure, special health allowance, risk allowance, necessary machinery and medicines at the hospitals.” They also said that now both young doctors and paramedics would provide their services at outpatient departments, emergency and wards. They noted that after the ending of the strike and sit-in, the absence of doctors and paramedics from their workplace would not be supported.

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