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Patients suffer as young doctors’ protest enters fifth day

LAHORE: The protest of the Young Doctors Association (YDA) outside the Sheikh Zayed Hospital demanding the restoration of fellow doctors’ services and construction of hostels in government hospitals across the province entered its fifth day on Wednesday.

The power struggle between the doctors and the administration has paralysed medical treatment in the out-patient department (OPD); as a result, the patients have to go to other hospitals.

The YDA has threatened that they will stage a protest on the busy Canal Road if their demands are not met by the provincial government. The administration, on the other hand, is yet to issue a response.

The strike started five days ago against the chairman for not accepting a charter of demand.

“Seven doctors were suspended by the administration for staging a protest which is our right. We have the right to fight for our rights, according to the law. We are peacefully protesting and our aim is to provide facilities for the patients. However, the chairman is forcing us to continue the demonstration. The government should take notice of the issues,” Sheikh Zayed Hospital YDA President Dr Qasim Awan had said Tuesday.

A professor at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital, while speaking to a private media outlet, had said this was a case of mismanagement on the part of the chairman. “He should talk to the YDA instead of suspending them. The current administration is destroying the hospital and the prime minister should take notice of the matter.”

As per the unanimous decision of Academic Council of both the institutes and subsequent unanimous approval by general body meeting, Dr Kamran Ashraf and Dr Qasim Ali had been relieved from their duties after giving them one month salary under the rules.

The administration had also suspended four postgraduate trainees from training and ordered an enquiry against them. They included; Dr Hamid Riaz and Dr Muhammad Shoaib of General Surgery Department, Dr Naveed Islam from Histopathology Department and Dr Hafiz Ahmed Raza from Pediatrics Department.

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