YDA resume duties at emergency wards, OPDs remain closed

YDA warned authorities of another province-wide protest if demands are not met


Babar Naveed February 27, 2017
YDA threatens to go into province-wide protests again if demands not met. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Following assurances given by the Punjab government, members of the Young Doctors Association (YDA) resumed their duties at government hospitals in the city on Monday.

The emergency department of the Lahore’s Services Hospital was operative on Monday but the OPD remained closed until further government action.

The association had been protesting against a raid conducted by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) officials, who had earlier stormed the Services Hospital to arrest Dr Atif – the hospital’s vice-president - and Dr Salman.

Another man loses life as young doctors continue strike in Lahore

According to the anti-corruption officials, they had tried to arrest the two doctors because they were wanted in connection with corruption charges.

However, the young doctors have warned that if action against the ACE officials was not taken within the next 48 hours, they would go into another round of province-wide protest.

Last week, a patient brought to the emergency ward of the Services Hospital died after being denied treatment due to the YDA strike.

According to preliminary reports, Muhammad Hussain was taken to the hospital in critical condition but since the YDA had suspended all medical services, the patient succumbed to the untreated ailment.

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