Keeping up with the recent trend, young doctors in Rawalpindi hospitals observed a strike yet again on Monday. They did not treat patients in the outpatient departments (OPD) of the three major teaching hospitals to press the Punjab govt to cancel recent transfer orders for doctors.
Patients at Holy Family Hospital (HFH), Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) were not attended to OPDs as doctors only treated those in wards and in emergency departments.
Young Doctors Association (YDA) Chairman Dr Haroon Ahmed informed The Express Tribune that if their demands were not fulfilled by April 25, YDA members would take to the streets in protest against the Punjab government’s health policy.
When asked about the strike’s impact on patients, Dr Haroon said that emergency patients were attended to and that they would establish medical camps in the open areas of the three hospitals from Tuesday to facilitate the patients.
Rawalpindi Medical College Principal Dr Musadaq Khan, who is also head of the three teaching hospitals, said senior doctors were told to examine patients at OPDs.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2012.
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