Doctors’ protest: YDA Punjab president, four others sacked

Published: January 20, 2013

The services of Dr Aheer were terminated under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act for absence from duty. PHOTO: INP/FILE

LAHORE: 

The Health Department sacked Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab President Dr Javaid Aheer as well as four YDA members serving in Children’s Hospital, as young doctors continued to boycott services at outpatient departments in public hospitals in the city on Saturday.

The services of Dr Aheer, a medical officer at Jinnah Hospital, were terminated under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act for absence from duty. YDA Media Secretary Dr Mudassir Razzaq Khan said Dr Aheer hadn’t received a letter for personal hearing, which was a requirement before a government employee could be sacked under the PEEDA Act.

The services of the four doctors at Children’s Hospital were terminated after an initial inquiry conducted by the Health Department found them guilty of beating up OPD employees who refused to join the strike on Thursday, said a departmental spokesman. The doctors are ad hoc medical officers Dr Shadab Masood and Dr Ahmed Zeeshan and ad hoc senior registrars Dr Zeeshan Khan and Dr Sikandar. They were asked to immediately report to the Health Department.

“The Health Department will continue taking action against those who create problems in the provision of health services,” said the spokesman.

The YDA saw the sanctions differently. “Our victimisation is continuing on the pretext of the Gujranwala incident. The bureaucracy has planned everything in advance to get revenge from the YDA,” said an office bearer of the association, referring to violence involving doctors at the Gujranwala district headquarters hospital earlier this month.

Earlier on Saturday, young doctors joined hands with patients at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and protested against the administration. The patients demanded that they be provided free medicines, which they had not been getting for several weeks. The protest continued for around an hour, after which the PIC administration purchased medicines and gave them to the patients.

YDA members maintained their camps outside the OPDs at public hospitals on Saturday. Dr Khan, the YDA media secretary, said they were examining patients in tents as protest for their alleged victimisation by the bureaucracy.

A Health Department official said that measures were in place to ensure there was no disruption to medical services at public hospitals and things were running smoothly at outpatient departments on the fourth day of the YDA protest.

“Medical superintendents have been asked to ensure patients don’t face any problems in getting treatment at OPDs. Senior doctors have been placed on duty at the OPDs so that things run smoothly. Police have been deputed at hospitals so that the young doctors don’t threaten seniors or misbehave with them,” he said, adding that the YDA had “lost moral authority in the community of doctors”.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th, 2013.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Jan 20, 2013 - 5:29AM

    Please first cancel their license to practice medicine. Then after that , legally and technically speaking ,doctor can not see patients (both in public or private hosp or clinic) so then he can be fired from his job because he is no more eligible to hold that job. Because he does not have license to practice medicine.That is the way it is done in western countries especially in USA. (By the states.)Doctor can challenge the canceling of license but state usually wins 99% of the time and process could take easily two to three yrs.

    So if these doctors are not coming to work for whatever reason, Punjab health dept as employer can terminate their services and hire some body else. It is that simple .Care of poor people of Punjab super cede the pay raises of these doctors. If they have moral courage, they should have resigned long time ago. Now the only choice is to fire them and recruit new one on three to five yrs contract. There should be clause in the contract if new doctors go on strike their job will be terminated right away .Period.

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  • mk
    Jan 20, 2013 - 7:35AM

    YDA stop the nonsense please, it has been enough

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  • DevilHunterX
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:11PM

    Cancel their license.

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  • aaadil
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:12PM

    you people don have sense at all,yda has challenged corrupt politicians and burucrates,these doctrs work day n n8 for ptnts wellfare,what do these politicians do?inshaa ALLAH these youngs will bring changeRecommend

  • sensible
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:29PM

    shame on corrupt politicians and carpet

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  • zahid
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:36PM

    corrupt politicians should be made inelligible for contesting elections,wevrbwith yda

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  • zaidi
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:38PM

    long live yda

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  • sameer
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:42PM

    yda these beaurucrates and corrupt politicians are v smart,becareful,civil society is with you yda,long live ydaRecommend

  • ameer
    Jan 20, 2013 - 3:44PM

    corrupt politicians are threatening young doctors, shame shame shame on corrupt politicians, yda zinda bad

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  • Jan 20, 2013 - 8:11PM

    @sameer:
    When did civil society start supporting Goondaism(read Gujranwala incidence)
    Shame on the kind of civil society you are supporting.

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  • Jan 20, 2013 - 8:45PM

    @zaidi:
    Long live YDA for what?
    For politics?
    For making strike?
    For goondaism in Gujranwala?
    Fpr not seeing poor pts of Punjab in OPD and ER?

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