PDA requests security for hospitals, doctors hostels

Association head demands medical teaching institutes be protected

Our Correspondent January 31, 2016
Association head demands medical teaching institutes be protected. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: The Provincial Doctors Association (PDA) has requested the government for security at hostels meant for doctors across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

In a letter addressed to the K-P chief secretary, PDA K-P President Dr Amir Taj said keeping in view deteriorating law and order in the province, the government must provide security to all hospitals, including medical teaching institutions, across the province.

The letter, issued on Saturday, spoke of the association expressing concern over the lack of security at hospitals, including Lady Reading Hospital, Khyber Teaching Hospital, Ayub Medical Complex, Saidu Medical Complex, Mardan Medical Complex, Bannu Medical College and Gomal Medical College. Similar fears were shared for hostels for doctors across K-P.

When asked, Taj told The Express Tribune several incidents have occurred in which staff nurses and doctors were beaten up by patient caretakers. The fight took place over alleged negligence on part of hospital staff when a patient died at Lady Reading Hospital. A similar incident took place on Saturday at the same hospital at the orthopaedic ward.

He added a few police personnel were deployed at each hospital, but they were not sufficient in number. Taj demanded the number of policemen and woman be increased and be monitored so they prevent unwanted people from entering medical facilities.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st,  2016.


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