OPD, emergency service remains suspended

Young doctors demand Sheikh Zayed Hospital chairman’s suspension


Adnan Lodhi December 11, 2018
PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: The Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore’s emergency service and outdoor patient department (OPD) remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day due to the protest of the Young Doctors Association and Paramedical Staff Association on Monday.

The young doctors protested against the hospital’s chairman Professor Dr Kamran Hussain and demanded his suspension. A number of operations scheduled for Monday were also cancelled due to the protest.

The young doctors and members of the Paramedical Staff Association gathered in front of Sheikh Zayed Hospital and staged a protest. Meanwhile, YDA groups from Mayo Hospital, Jinnah Hospital Lahore, Services Hospital, Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and other hospitals also gathered at Sheikh Zayed Hospital to demand the suspension of Dr Hussain and Registrar Liaquat Mirza.

The young doctors said that they are facing a lot of problems due to the policies of the chairman and the registrar. The YDA started their strike four days ago against the chairman for not accepting a Charter of Demand.
"Seven doctors were suspended by the administration for staging a protest which is our right. We have the right to fight for our rights, according to the law. We are peacefully protesting and our aim is to provide facilities to patients. However, the chairman is forcing us to continue the demonstration. The government should take notice of the issues,” Sheikh Zayed Hospital YDA President Dr Qasim Awan.

A professor at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital, requesting anonymity, said this was a case of mismanagement on the part of the chairman. “He should talk to the YDA instead of suspending them. The current administration is destroying the hospital and the prime minister should take notice of the matter.”

Meanwhile, Punjab Minister for Industries, Commerce and Investment Mian Aslam Iqbal visited the Sheikh Zayed Hospital where paramedical staff members presented their charter of demands. However, the minister requested the protesters to end the strike and serve patients.

 

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