Army doctors called in to help as strike continues in Punjab

Army accepts provincial government's request to send in 150 doctors.

Ali Usman/web Desk June 30, 2012

LAHORE: The Pakistan Army has accepted the Punjab government's request of sending in 150 doctors to cover for those who have been on strike in the province since the last few weeks.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Regional Public Relation Officer in Lahore Lt Colonel Shahid Abbas Kirmani confirmed the development to The Express Tribune. According to ISPR statement, the doctors would provide services on the request of the Punjab government in public hospitals due to the ongoing strike of Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab.

“These doctors will perform their duties in uniform. Army doctors will only provide medical consultancy while administration of hospitals will continue to remain the responsibility of the provincial government,” it added.

Earlier, Express News had reported that the Punjab government had dismissed the doctors who were on strike, which are around 6,000 in number among a total of more than 15,000 in the province. However, reports emerged later clarifying that the Punjab government, in a meeting with senior doctors, has stressed on an end to the strike and that no doctors were dismissed.

The senior doctors also urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to give them 24-hours time to end the strike.

Meanwhile, the YDA Punjab threatened to withdraw it services at indoors if the government decided to open outpatient departments (OPDs) by any means.

This was decided after YDA Punjab held a seminar and a meeting of its General Council to discuss its future strategy.

“YDA condemns Punjab government’s maligning and coward tactics to deprive doctors of their rights through force and decides unanimously to confront any kind of evil move to oppress any doctor in the province. If government tried to open the OPDs by any means, we shall withdraw services from indoors straightaway and go further,” said YDA General Council member Dr Mudassir Razaq Khan.

The YDA Punjab held a protest at the Mayo Hospital on Friday, shouting slogans against the government and vowing to continue their “struggle” until their demand for a service structure was met. The Punjab Medical Association (PMA) has also been holding protests in the province.


Abdur Rahman | 9 years ago | Reply

@ Salman

You are ill-informed. Firstly They are demanding for a service structure and not pay raise. Secondly Perhaps the govt shud shouting about the current economic situation since its wasting money everywhere, millions were spent on media just to run anti-doctor adds, when only OPDs were closed and false death-reporting on media was done due to opd closure-when this is foolish and a lie. Thirdly - this service structure was approved by supreme court, so they are just dis-obeying orders. They were given a year to fulfill this demand.

Salman | 9 years ago | Reply

@Abdur Rahman: My point was that they should be thankful for what they have keeping in view the present economic situation of the country instead of getting all touchy and milking the government for more.

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