‘Bullying the ill’: YDA stops senior doctors from attending patients in OPDs

Force patients to crowd emergency departments for check-up.

Mudassir Raja June 29, 2012


In another first, the young doctors, who are on strike to press for revised salary structure, are now stopping patients to even get near the Out Patient Departments (OPDs).

Members of Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Thursday, it was learnt, stopped patients from visiting the Out Patient Department (OPD) at District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ). Senior doctors had been called to check the patients in the absence of younger ones, since the latter are already on strike.

Some patients visiting the DHQ complained of hindrances created by young doctors as they tried to collect paid slips to get examined at the OPD. “When I reached a counter to pay the fee for check-up at OPD some young doctors stopped the man from issuing the chit, doctors in the OPD do not examine patients without the slip,” said Mujtaba Shah, an elderly patient.

Young doctors have abandoned the OPDs and they are not allowing even senior doctors from examining patients, he added. The YDA has called a strike to press the Punjab government to notify a new service structure for them.

OPDs at DHQ, Holy Family Hospital and Benazir Bhutto Hospital remained closed in the absence of doctors and patients.

YDA DHQ President Dr Abbas Malik, when contacted, denied that the doctors had stopped anyone fron issuing slips.

“We are fighting for a common cause for medical practitioners, both young and seniors,” said Dr Malik. He added no doctor was ready to attend OPD patients.

Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) Principal Prof. Dr Musaddaq Khan, on the other hand, confirmed that some young doctors on Thursday forced the administration of DHQ not to issue slips to patients.

He said the young doctors had forcibly closed down OPDs. The principal added that all patients visiting OPDs were directed to go to emergency departments for medical check-ups.

Taking into consideration, the worsening condition of patients at OPDs, Dr Khan said he hoped for a better outcome after provincial health authorities warned the protesting doctors.

President YDA Punjab Dr Haroon Khan, in a statement, said representatives of young doctors from all over the province would converge at Holy Family Hospital on Saturday to decide the future course of action if the Punjab government did not agree to their demand for a service structure.

He contradicted the claims of the Punjab health department regarding the higher salaries paid to medical practitioners as advertised in newspapers on Thursday.

He said the doctors had not been getting revised salaries as advertised in the print media and urged the authorities to take concrete steps to resolve the YDA’s demands.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2012.


Sadia Rzv | 9 years ago | Reply The demands of Doctors is not for pay raise but for service structure and Govt is making false claims that they are giving the doctors enough already...I repeat that i disagree with the strikes of Doctors but false claims on behalf of Punjab Govt is not doing any good in keeping sympathies of doctors who are working 24/7 for the people. All doctors are demanding is a service structure which will exclude role of Punjab bureaucracy in postings, transfers and appointment of Doctors. Mian Shehbaz Sharif has turned a blind eye towards Saeed Elahi and his cronies playing havoc with this department. But rather than taking and holding accountable people like Saeed Elahi Mian Shehbaz has ordered an onslaught on Doctors which is hilarious. Please watch this link, it will unveil the truth to people.
Saleem | 9 years ago | Reply

Not supporting YDA, but look who is talking about the healthcare issue. This Khadim-e-Aala was responsible for the deaths of hundreds due to wrong medicine given to heart patients. He was holding the Health Minister post at that time. People have not forgotten the Dangue virus mishandling either. Why it is always Punjab government mired in health department issues? I think there is some management issue that government is not handling properly. Is Shahbaz also leading this department as a sole proprietor?

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