Heighten security or face more strikes: YDA

Demands action against the police official involved in instigating crowd against them.


Mudassir Raja May 19, 2011

RAWALPINDI:


Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Wednesday threatened to hold demonstrations outside the offices of high police officers if their concerns were not addressed.


They want legal action against the policemen allegedly involved in urging the rowdy crowd to assault doctors at Holy Family Hospital (HFH) last Friday.

“We have clearly demanded action against New Town area deputy police officer in our meetings with Pakistan Muslim League-N MNA Hanif Abbasi, Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahid Saeed and City Police Officer Azhar Khokhar,” said Dr Umer Saeed YDA general secretary in a press conference at District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ).

“They have assured us that proper action would be taken against the police officer, but this did not happen. The YDA will hold protest demonstrations besides observing strikes at the hospitals,” he threatened.

Dr Haroon, YDA Punjab chairperson, and Dr Abbas Malik, chairperson YDA Rawalpindi chapter, said the ICU of HFH was rendered non-functional after its glass doors were smashed and other costly equipment broken in the May 13 vandalism. Various people and relatives of the patients got together at the hospital and started thrashing medical staff after a patient, Naeem Abbasi, died because of a heart attack, the doctors said.

“The young doctors, especially female medical practitioners, have been feeling unsafe after the incident,” said Dr Malik. Female doctors have refused to work at the HFH following the incident and inaction of the police, he added.

“There has been no action against the DSP who actually encouraged the attackers saying the doctors were holding back the dead body. This enraged the charged crowd and they started attacking the doctors,” said Dr Abbas.

He said the doctors had conveyed their concerns over the issue to the administration.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2011.

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