ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) Doctors and paramedical staff continued their protest for the eight consecutive days demanding the separation of PIMS, which is the constituent hospital of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, from the latter.

The protest held by PIMS employees including medical, paramedical and general staff entered into eighth day, meanwhile, dozens of scheduled surgeries were postponed and Outdoor Patients Departments (OPDs) remained closed.

The hospital employees demanded immediate separation of the hospital from SZAMBU to secure their civil servant services structure.

The CADD had sent the separation summary of both entities to then Prime Minister, but the legislation to conclude the legal procedure has not completed so far.

An average of 5000 patients from the region visit PIMS on daily basis, however, the patients are turning back for last three days because of dysfunctional services.

More than 35 units in the hospital remain shut and only the emergency and critical health units are open, leaving patients troubled. More than 1000 medical operations were cancelled in a week.

The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) minister has sent the bill containing the protesters’ demands to the law minister.

One of the protesters said that the “PIMS treats thousands for patients for free. However, it’s dependence on the university will give university administration the right to decide who will be given treatment.”