The government has announced a performance-based increase of Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 in the salaries of doctors working in federal government hospitals.
The announcement has been made by Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Zafar Mirza. The raise is applicable to Islamabad’s four key public sector hospitals. The doctors of 17-20 grade, working at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), the Federal General Hospital, the Federal Government Services Hospital (Polyclinic), and the National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (NIRM) will enjoy the incentive.
Moreover, the raise will be determined on the basis of Key Performance Indicators (KPI), which will be part of a component of the larger hospital reforms agenda. The SAPM revealed that the draft of Medical Teaching Institute (MTI) for public sector hospitals has already been prepared.
Dr. Zafar also revealed that the ministry has proposed the award of two new allowances to doctors, Special Health Care Allowance and Non-Practicing Allowance. However, the doctors will have to follow certain standards against which their performance will be evaluated.
On another note, the All Employees PIMS Restoration Movement (AEPRM) has rejected the pay increase, calling it a lollipop. It further announced that it will not withdraw its call for a strike from Monday.
The AEPRM maintained that pay raise on the basis of KPI means that Board of Governors (BoG) will decide whether salaries should be increased or not. That opens the door for nepotism and is an attempt to privatize the hospital and to run the hospital through BoG.