The medical fraternity withdrew the call for a protest on Monday after MPA Fazal Hakeem apologised for misbehaving with a doctor at Saidu Teaching Hospital in Swat. Hakeem paid a surprise visit to the accident and emergency department of the facility and exchanged hot words with a doctor after the latter failed to check a patient due to the unavailability of a thermometer. A video of the event was also recorded and uploaded on the internet which became viral. Consequently, the doctors’ associations observed a black day across the province on Saturday. They also demanded the election commission suspend the MPA’s membership. The doctors threatened to take to the streets if Hakeem failed to publicly apologise for misbehaving with the doctor. However, On Monday, Young Doctors Association chief Dr Alamgir Yousafzai stated community members withdrew their call for agitation after Hakeem apologised.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2016.
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