AKHSPAga Khan Health Services, Pakistan
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The protesting staffers said that they had been rendering services in different AKHSP centres in remote and far-flung and almost inaccessible areas of the GB but the current management, according to them, was bent on shutting the units in the name of rationalisation and downsizing, planning to lay off hundreds of employees, some of whom have served for over 30 years since the AKHSP centres were made functional in the GB in 1976.
I have served in the AKHSP for the last 26 years and we are being offered 26 basic salaries, and by that formula, I and other staffers will end up getting only Rs0.
The current management and the CEO are attempting to turn the AKHSP into a profit-oriented unit instead of being service-oriented as per the vision of His Highness [Prince Karim Aga Khan],' another nurse claimed, mentioning that the management had also set unachievable targets for them.
According to sources, the AKHSP management had dispatched some officials from Islamabad with the 'termination letters' however they could not deliver them as some of the protesting staffers had threatened to resort to extreme actions including self-immolation.
I have been working with the AKHSP for the last 24 years and we remained with the set up through thick and thin and at the cost of our families and children.