About 150 Young Doctors Association (YDA) members protested in front of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and blocked traffic on Jail Road for close to three hours on Tuesday. The doctors demanded that senior doctors who had been removed from their positions following the PIC drugs tragedy be restored.
The doctors didn’t abide by the schedule announced earlier for protest. “We have blocked the road for longer so that the government should realise we are not going to back off,” YDA spokesman Dr Aftab Ashraf told The Express Tribune. There were queues of vehicles from PIC to Shadman Chowk.
Dr Khuzema Arslan Bokhari, a YDA office bearer, said the young doctors would hold a protest against the suspension of PIC doctors on Ferozepur Road in front of Children’s Hospital on Wednesday (today).
A spokesman for the Health Department reminded the YDA that the strike was a clear violation of Supreme Court orders.
He said it was mandatory on all doctors to extend complete cooperation in the investigation being carried out regarding the PIC tragedy.
The spokesman said that the Supreme Court had ruled that a doctors’ strike was a violation of the fundamental rights of the patients.
Those observing the strike would be guilty of contempt of court.
The spokesman appealed to the doctors to abide by the orders of Supreme Court and not observe a strike.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2012.