Jul 07

Young doctors announce to resume emergency services

Young doctors have announced to resume emergency services in public hospitals.Young doctors announce to resume emergency services

While talking to the media, Young Doctors Association, s leader said that on the one hand, they are termed ‘masihas’ of the nation while on the other hand, they are being exploited and degraded in the name of so-called rules and regulations.

The leader said that the decision had been taken on humanitarian basis; so that any patient may be secured by providing him proper treatment.

So far as indoor and OPD services are concerned, those would be closed until and unless their colleagues are not released out of bogus cases imposed on them on political grounds, he advocated.

Earlier, the Lahore High Court Friday ordered the doctors to resume services at emergencies of the hospitals immediately.

The court also ordered the Punjab government to stop punitive action against the doctors and asked for a report on cases registered against the striking doctors.

The YDA Secretary General Nasir Abbas was of the view that Punjab government was harassing the doctors and police was raiding their houses.

Secretary Health informed the court that action was taken against those doctors who tried to stop the doctors who were willing to resume work.

Jun 30

Punjab govt kicks protesting doctors out of jobs

Lahore: The Punjab government has sacked all the protesting doctors affiliated with the Young Doctors’ Association (YDA), calling in Army Medical Corps to the hospital of province.Punjab govt kicks protesting doctors out of jobs

The Inter-Services Public Relations, media wing of the army, said on Saturday that the army had provided 150 doctors who would render their service in different hospitals of the province on the request of the Punjab government.

According to reports YDA comprised more than a thousands doctors in major districts of Punjab.

Earlier, YDA Spokesman Hamid Butt told media that the doctors would continue their protest until their demands were met.

He said the doctors would besiege Chief Minister House on Thursday, adding that the doctors had not been demanding increase in salaries instead they were asking for service structure.

Jun 30

Govt deadline to striking medics ends today

LAHORE: Young doctors are likely on a collision course with the Punjab government as they refused to render their duties in the Outdoor Patient Departments (OPDs) of all the hospitals in the face of a deadline that ends tonight (Saturday), Geo News reported.Young doctors Strike

The Young Doctors Association (YDA) strike entered thirteenth day on Saturday.

The Punjab government Thursday, warning the doctors of dire consequences, had given YDA three days to end their strike. The deadline ends tonight (Saturday) at 12:00 AM.

According to media reports, Section 144 has been imposed at all public hospitals on the directive of the provincial government along with deployment of heavy contingents of riot police.

In another move to force the doctors quit strike, the Punjab government announced that it has decided to hire ad-hoc doctors on a three-year contract.

According to sources, Punjab government is also preparing a list of alternate senior doctors in case of a complete strike.

The provincial government have also directed the concerned authorities that if the need arises, interviews be conducted at teaching hospitals and successful applicants should be hired then and there. A decision has also been made to provide protection to young doctors who are not taking part in the strike.

The decision to hire ad-hoc doctors was made by the Punjab government when the YDA rejected the enforcement of the Essential Services Act terming it a blackmailing tactic.

The strike has so far been a nightmare for the poor patients and their families. The number of patients in emergency wards has increased manifold since there are no doctors available in the OPDs.