PESHAWAR - A group of doctors have alleged that administration of Institute of Kidney Disease (IKD), Hayatabad Medical Complex, in violation of merit recruited the blue-eyed persons on vacant positions in the casualty and nephrology departments.

Addressing a news conference here at Peshawar Press Club on Monday, Dr Abid Jan said that 10 medical officers' positions were vacant at casualty and nephrology departments upon which interviews were conducted on June 11 last.

He alleged that Chief Executive HMC and Director Institute of Kidney Diseases, Ataur Rahman, recruited their nears and dears in violation of merit, adding as per official documents, CE HMC despite being on leave from June 10-18, took part in medical officers' interviews on June 11 in violation of rules and regulations.

Similarly, he alleged, the CE HMC on June 18, issued a notification of recruiting five medical officers in nephrology department, while on June 11, Director Ataur Rahman conducted interviews for 10 posts in casualty and nephrology department and bestowed his two relatives, one each in casualty and in nephrology departments, which is in violation of the set rules.

Flanked by Dr Nasib Dad, Dr Ashfaq and Dr Shakir, he said that the same day a notification in this connection was also issued to secure his relatives' positions. He explained that for the given posts experience was mandatory, whereas five such candidates were recruited who have zero experience whereas the doctors having ten years experience were ignored, which was injustice.

They demanded of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Central Chairman Imran Khan and Health Minister Shehram Khan Tarakai to take notice of the alleged violation of merit and ensure recruitment on merit.