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May 9, 2013
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Emergency declared Doctors, health

May 9, 2013

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PESHAWAR: Amid reports of serious security threats during or after the general elections, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has declared an emergency in the three tertiary care hospitals of Peshawar and cancelled leaves of all the doctors and health workers from May 8 to 12.
Also, the returning officer of Peshawar has convened a meeting of the three chief executives of the teaching hospitals at 11am today (Thursday) to discuss the emergency plan with them in their respective hospitals.
Official sources said the three chief executives including Prof Dr Arshad Javed, chief executive Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), Prof Dr Mohammad Zubair Khan, chief executive Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) and Dr Umar Ayub, chief executive Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH), had already been informed about the security situation and emergency plan.
After receiving official letter from the government, the chief executives on Wednesday issued circulars in their respective hospitals and directed all staff members, including consultants, to ensure their presence on May 8-12 in the hospitals.
“All the staff members of the hospitals would be required to work even on Sunday like normal working day due to emergency declared in the three teaching hospitals,” an official of the provincial health department said.
One of the chief executives on condition of anonymity said they had cancelled leaves of the staff and recalled those already granted leaves after he received an official letter from the returning officer Wednesday asking them to male a plan for emergency on May 8-12.
“We have been informed that there are serious security threats in Peshawar and adjoining areas so they wanted us to be fully prepared in advance,” the chief executive of one of the hospitals said.

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