Biometric system Rejected by KP Doctors
ABBOTTABAD: Doctors, in a joint meeting of representative bodies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have rejected the biometric system of attendance and declared that previous practices remain adequate.
The representatives of the Provincial Doctors Association (PDA), Young Doctors Association (YDA), Peoples Doctors Forum (PDF), Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) and Malgari Doctors Association announced the same in a joint convention here on Sunday.
Daud Iqbal, information secretary of PDF, told newsmen after the meeting that that PDA, YDA, PIMA, PDF and Malgari Doctors Association had unanimously rejected the newly introduced biometric system of attendance in hospitals, including Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad. He said that doctor’s duty hours were not defined and they had to be on call 24 hours while the biometric system was limited to only office hours. “The performance of doctors should be evaluated through their output rather than attendance,” he added.
Dr Iqbal said that PDA’s general body meetings at Hayatabad Medical Complex and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar had already rejected the biometric system. He said that if the government was really sincere to introduce international standards in the health delivery system, then it should take on board the doctors’ community in formulating policies.
NOMINATION PAPERS: The returning officer for the Abbottabad Cantonment Board elections has accepted 30 nomination papers out of total 48 filed for five wards for the upcoming local government polls.
Cantonment chief executive officer Malik Omer Farooq told newsmen here that total 93 nomination papers were issued for the five wards of the Cantonment Board, Abbottabad, of which 48 candidates had filed their papers. The nomination papers of 16 candidates were rejected on different grounds.
Mr Farooq said the candidates could file their appeals against rejection of their papers before district and sessions judge on April 5 and 6.
Replying to a question, he said nomination papers could be rejected on different grounds like providing vague statements, willful default, assets declared being inconsistent with income and involvement in activity deemed against the security and integrity of the country.
Mr Farooq said all the candidates were contesting elections independently as no one had so far provided certificate of any political party. He said final list would be displayed on April 11 after which elections symbol would be allotted.
The CEO of Abbottabad Cantonment Board further said that training of more than 200 election staff, including presiding officers, had started. He said that violators of the election code of conduct would have to pay a penalty of Rs200,000.
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