LAHORE: Around 140,000 patients were affected due to the Young Doctors’ Association’s (YDA) week-long strike in Outdoor Patients’ Departments (OPDs) in public sector hospitals. The strike affected almost 20,000 patients every day, said a doctor at Children’s Hospital, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Another doctor said that at Mayo Hospital, around 5,000 visiting patients had been affected. Pakistan Medical Association leader Dr Izhar said that he was not in support of strikes which cause difficulties for patients. YDA member Dr Nasir Abbas said patients had had to suffer because of the government which had “forced the doctors to go on strike.” He said the YDA had only postponed the strike and a future line of action would be decided on April 24.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd, 2012.
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