PESHAWAR: Representative bodies of doctors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have rejected the biometric system of attendance and vowed to continue their duty according to the previous protocol. This was announced during a joint meeting of the representatives of the Provincial Doctors Association (PDA), Young Doctors Association (YDA), Peoples Doctors Forum (PDF), Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) and Malgari Doctors Association. Daud Iqbal, information secretary of PDF, said that PDA, YDA, PIMA, PDF and Malgari Doctors Association had unanimously rejected the newly introduced biometric system of attendance in hospitals, including Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad. He said that doctor’s duty hours were not defined and they had to be on call 24 hours while the biometric system was limited to only office hours. “The performance of doctors should be evaluated through their output rather than attendance,” he added. Dr Iqbal said that PDA’s general body meetings at Hayatabad Medical Complex and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar had already rejected the biometric system. He said that if the government was really sincere to introduce international standards in the health delivery system, then it should take on board the doctors’ community in formulating policies.
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