LAHORE – As part of its protest campaign, the Punjab Paramedics Alliance (PPA) held a demonstration outside the Services Hospital on Tuesday to press for the demands of service structure, health risk allowance and regularisation of contract employees.

Dozens of paramedics from the Services Hospital and the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, led by PPA Chairman Malik Munir, blocked the Jail Road to protest against the delaying tactics used by the bureaucracy in implementing the Punjab chief minister’s orders, causing massive traffic jam at peak hours.

Carrying placards and banners inscribed with writings in favour of their demands and against the provincial government, the paramedics chanted slogans against the bureaucracy. Munir said that the chief minister had ordered the health secretary on June 10 to solve problems of the paramedics within three weeks, but the bureaucracy was using delaying tactics and violating his directions.

“The paramedics have no other option but to launch protest for the fulfillment of their legitimate demands,” he added. The PPA will hold a demonstration outside the Jinnah Hospital on Wednesday (today).