More than 100 nursing staff recruited under the Federal Medical Teaching Institutes (FMTI) Act from Islamabad’s largest hospital, PIMS, were dismissed and ordered to leave the hostel on verbal orders.

The nursing staff protested against the dismissal, saying they are being fired on just a single day’s notice in an unprofessional manner. They have been working without pay for four months on the oral promises of the hospital management to extend their contracts. Now, preparations are being made to recruit untrained individuals in their place.

PIMS Executive Director Rana Imran Sikander says that the contracts have expired and now the matter is between the Establishment Division and the Health Department.


During the PTI regime, nursing staff was recruited on a two-year contract. Under the PDM regime, the tenure of the nursing staff was further extended, which expired in December 2023.