ISLAMABAD - The nursing community of federal government hospitals has thanked Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for accepting their demand of salary increase, pledging they would continue with serving patients.Julianna William, President Nursing Association, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on behalf of nurses of all the federal government hospitals thanked the premier for giving one basic pay to BPS employees of hospitals including nurses. She said after accepting their demands now the nurses would work with motivation and commitment for patient care. Accepting the long-standing demand of medical and non-medical employees of federal public hospitals after their 34-day strike and protests, the Prime Minister had announced that the health professionals would be given one basic running pay with effect from January 1, 2012 in addition to their present salary. Meanwhile, after 37 days of strike by the Joint Action Committee that ended on Monday the outpatient departments of public hospitals were opened on Tuesday that witnessed a huge rush of patients. According to doctors they would manage the check up of patients gradually but they have been facing difficulties due to a backlog of surgeries and they would have to reschedule the surgeries. Usually in a department,  about 10 surgeries are carried out but now the doctors will have to increase the number up to 14 to manage the workload, according to an official.