ISLAMABAD: A doctor has approached the Islamabad High Court over the long working hours of medical practitioners, stating that it not only jeopardise the well-being of healthcare professionals but also of the patients who come for care.
In the petition, Dr Nafeesa Hiba states that resident doctors were working for more than 102 hours per week which not only causes trauma and stress to the medical professionals but can also make them vulnerable to diseases such as insomnia.
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Dr Hiba, through her counsel Saimul Haq Satti, filed the petition before IHC and the case is fixed to be heard by Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb today.
The petitioner argued that doctors were not even getting time or place for proper sleep, and are unable to join family get together or socialise which is a violation of fundamental human rights guaranteed under the Constitution. The counsel said that the doctors are forced to perform their duties for extended hours per week.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 14th, 2017.