Young Doctors’ Association: Federal chapter condemns Punjab strike

Published: May 4, 2011
YDA Pakistan says Punjab chapter hurting doctors’ push for higher pay.

YDA Pakistan says Punjab chapter hurting doctors’ push for higher pay.


The federal organisation of the Young Doctors Association lashed out at the provincial chapter on Tuesday, saying the YDA Punjab’s recent strike had cost lives while actually setting back the quest to get higher salaries for public sector doctors.

“The YDA Punjab has manipulated public sentiment and brought doctors into disrepute,” YDA Pakistan president Rana Sohail told a press conference at the Lahore Press Club. He said they had been fighting for a pay raise for nearly two years before the YDA Punjab decided to go on strike and “put patient care at risk”.

Sohail said that the YDA Pakistan was trying to get a special pay package for all public sector doctors in the country included in the next budget. He said the YDA Pakistan would never go on strike in intensive care and emergency wards.

He also accused the YDA Punjab of becoming a political body rather than one working in doctors’ interest. “It’s unfortunate to see political interests from the private sector and public hospitals backing them,” he said.

YDA Pakistan executive council member Dr Talha Sherwani said that YDA Punjab doctors were at the centre of a “growing nexus” of private medical colleges, public medical college principals and politicians who had a stake in the healthcare system.

He said that the YDA Punjab’s healthcare convention at Allama Iqbal Medical College on Wednesday had been endorsed by several medical superintendents and principals of public sector medical colleges.

“One has to question YDA Punjab’s strategy,” said Sherwani. “Why would anyone hold a medical conference after a movement? They are being used.”

The YDA Pakistan officials also handed out a list of questions that they said they wanted the YDA Punjab to answer. The list included questions asking what the YDA Punjab had achieved in its strike, why it had allegedly threatened those who did not take part in the strike, and whether it would admit that the strike had been a failure since doctors’ pays had not been raised yet.

YDA Punjab official Dr Aftab Ashraf dismissed the YDA Pakistan’s criticism. He said the YDA Punjab would engage media and civil society on Wednesday to try and arrive at a public consensus on what changes must be made to the public healthcare system and the doctors’ service structure.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Nasir
    May 4, 2011 - 9:30AM

    There is much to be desired by the young doctors to first learn and then demand.
    You still owe nation a much bigger refund from your virtually free medical education. You can’t demand while you already indebted.
    Utilize these energies to increase the level of care. You will be answerable to Allah for the step you take for the gift of knowledge you have been chosen to use for your subjects.Recommend

  • Haseeb Khan
    May 4, 2011 - 10:53PM

    It seems like these YDA Pakistan guys are either feeling sad that they weren’t given any importance by their fellow doctors or they are more probably being paid underhand for creating a divide among their community. We may agree or disagree with the strike, but all of us agree that the Punjab faction’s strike brought the demands very forcefully in the public’s eye for the first time. We wouldn’t have been aware of the pathetic situations our most-educated people have to suffer, just to live in this country. And i think the doctors’ protest is actually a blessing in disguise for the poor people of Pakistan. With the kind of offers these doctors have in hand from Saudi Arabia, Ireland and other countries, if their pays are not raised, the hospitals in Pakistan will soon have to be shutdown indefinitely for lack of any medical practitioners in the country.Recommend

  • dr asif khan
    May 6, 2011 - 10:56AM

    I think the whole doctors community should support the cause of YDA punjab especially at this juncjure where the “KHADIM E AALLA” has set a committee to formulate a solution,at this critical point its very disapointing to hear what so called YDA pakistan says.The allegations they made and the conclusions they draw are quite unfortunate.Young medics went on strike after a year long wait,when they sense that there demands are not taken seriously they opted to withdraw their services.YDA staged a convention to take on board not only the doctors community but civil society as well.This shows the sincerity and the sensibility of YDA leadership towards their profession and their patient.I do believe that the time has come to unite and stop criticizing each other. Recommend

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