Health technologists demand second class status | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, October 30, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, October 30, 2009

Health technologists demand second class status

Bangladesh Diploma Health Technologists and Pharmacists Samonnoy Parishad yesterday demanded implementation of its nine-point demand, including a better pay scale with the status of second-class gazetted officers.
The demands came from a press conference of the platform of health technologists and diploma pharmacists at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium in the city.
They also demanded introducing selection grade for the health technologists, introducing a four-year diploma course instead of the three-year one and appointing subject-wise teachers at the Institute of Health Technology (IHT).
Their other demands are introducing a diploma board under the health ministry and stopping all health technology and pharmacy courses conducted under the technical board of the education ministry, introducing bachelor courses in all pharmacy and health technology institutes, giving them 15 percent from the users' fees at the government hospitals and providing them with 40 percent risk allowance.
While reading out a written statement, Convener of the platform Selim Mollah said if the government does not take steps to stop diploma courses run under the technical board immediately and bring it under the health ministry's medical education department, it will be devastating for the health services.
"The patients will be the worst sufferers because of the deteriorating services provided by the unskilled and untrained health technologists," he added.
"Although we are providing the main health services through diagnosing the diseases, we are being neglected in the health department," said a leader of the Parishad, adding that diploma engineers got the status of second class employees in 1994, but they are yet to get the status.
Parshad President Khan Md Ishaq, Member Secretary Md Moniruzzaman, Mosharraf Hossain Khan, Shahjahan Siddique, Sayed Md Asadullah, Ekram Ali and Ashish Kumar Haldar also spoke at the press conference.

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