LAHORE: Nurses protesting against the Health Department were granted three year contracts by the Punjab government on Saturday.
The Nurses were protesting against Health department’s decision og firing those who had been working on ad-hoc basis,
In what could be termed a victory, the nurses will be required to pass the public service commission exams at the end of the three year contract to become eligible for a permanent post.
In the event that the nurses under this contract fail to pass PCS exam, their contract will stand dissolved at the end of the three years.
The announcement came as their violence marred protest in Lahore entered its sixth day on Saturday.
Police baton charged the nurses to disperse them. The baton charge continued for over 10 minutes.
Two nurses were injured. One of them was later identified as Amina Bibi reported to be seven-month pregnant. They were taken to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, where Amina Bibi was said to be in critical condition.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence. Advisor to the Chief Minister on Health Khawja Salman Rafique told a press conference that the incident had shocked him. He said those responsible for ordering the baton charge would be held accountable.