Punjab government will not hold talks with striking doctors: Sanaullah

Published: July 3, 2012
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Punjab law minister says doctors persistent on holding strikes will be blacklisted, terminated. PHOTO: INP/ FILE

Punjab law minister says doctors persistent on holding strikes will be blacklisted, terminated. PHOTO: INP/ FILE

Punjab law minister says doctors persistent on holding strikes will be blacklisted, terminated. PHOTO: INP/ FILE Punjab law minister says doctors persistent on holding strikes will be blacklisted, terminated.  PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/FILE

LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that the provincial government will not hold talks with the doctors on strike, and the ones who are persistent on holding strikes will be blacklisted and terminated.

He added that the strike will not be accepted at any cost, and added that the few doctors who are still striking will also take back their strike soon.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government accepted the unconditional apology of 24 out of 25 doctors detained under 16 MPO at Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore.

The doctors have been taken to Chief Minister Secretariat where they will have a meeting with Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Senator Pervaiz Rashid and Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique.

An official at Central Jail told The Express Tribune, that those who have been shifted to CM Secretariat signed affidavits stating that they tender unconditional apology and wouldn’t go on strike again.

YDA office bearers, on the other hand, said these doctors weren’t YDA members but were students of medical colleges who were arrested by police without verification.

Senior doctors withdraw services from PIC in Lahore

Earlier, senior doctors at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) announced the closure of all departments at the hospital other than the Emergency ward, and demanded that arrested young doctors be released immediately.

Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday, Medical Teachers Association (MTA) President at PIC, Dr Ijaz Ahsan said that senior doctors were withdrawing their services from all departments, including the Outpatient Department (OPDs) and Indoor Departments.

“Young doctors are the backbone of our system. All arrested young doctors, particularly young doctors of PIC should be released immediately,” said Ahsan.

He said doctors currently deputed at PIC were untrained and could not handle heart patients. “It takes a doctor 10 years to do FCPS and then another five-year’s training to become a cardiologist. How could you expect new doctors to come and replace those who have already completed their training?”

Ahsan said only two doctors were present in the Emergency ward at PIC last night, adding that they had been “abused and threatened” by the attendants as they had been unable to handle the situation.

“Senior doctors are in their 50s and cannot do rigorous work for 24 hours. That is why we are demanding that our doctors should be released immediately,” Ahsan maintained.

He said the government was beguiling patients and the media by showing that they had deployed doctors at all hospitals.

Young Doctors Association (YDA) office bearer of PIC Dr Sami Ijaz said that there had been no problems at the Emergency during the young doctor’s strike as most OPD patients had been treated there. He said by conducting raids and arresting doctors the government had forced them to boycott and withdraw their services from the Emergency and Indoor as well.

Representatives of the Paramedical Alliance of PIC and Young Nurses Association (YNA) also supported the MTA and announced that they will stop working at PIC.

PIC Lahore is a specialised hospital where heart patients come from across the country for treatment.


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Reader Comments (75)

  • Jul 3, 2012 - 2:08PM

    Doctors can also call to protest the teachers, nurses to raise their salaries as well. Good thing people are rising up for their rights without being violent.

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  • Waqas Rashid
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:16PM

    New addition to the miseries of poor people, in the end they are the real sufferers, and the lethal act by the so called most educated class of our society,, Give them Money and get everything done, loss of lives is of no significance to the Doctors.

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  • A Pakistani
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:17PM

    you sctrach my back and i will sctrach yours, suit perfectly with these doctors, aka blackmailers.

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  • Jul 3, 2012 - 2:17PM

    Being ordinary citizen of Pakistan I urge senoir doctors to avoid unfair play as the youung doctor did; don’t abuse your power otherwise it would be hard to stop masses (VICTIM OF YOUR CRUEL PORTEST) to take unfair steps against you in the streets and I am affraid if the situation contains it would be impossible for you come out from your homes.
    DON’T TEST THE NERVES OF MASSES

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  • Oopsie!!
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:18PM

    whoa! This is getting serious. Punjab Govt should go to to tables with them instead of “forcing them to work” – they are No Slaves!! In developed countries, ministers either solve the issue or resign! PM should have sacked CM; but oh he’s a PM of Islamabad only. This happens when you make such coalition partners aka friendly opposition!

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  • Usman Shahid
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Doctors have become blackmailers.

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:23PM

    Pakistan is slowly and gradually becoming a miserable place for everyone. The government doesn’t have money to motivate young doctors and has failed to resolve the health system problems. This could become a lasting problem and is a further a step towards an Afghanistan kind of country.

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  • Tariq
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:27PM

    these so called senios who dont want to work should be arrested and sent to jail….iron hand from day one……..

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  • juni
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:37PM

    police raiding the drs have made the conditions worse……………… shabaz sharif is responsible for this mess up…. he should have thought 100 times before attacking the drs … the adamant attitude of punjab govt is the major problem….

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  • Zeeshan Sheikh
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:37PM

    Another Mafia in Pakistan has emerged

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  • Wajid
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:40PM

    The demands might be legitimate and surely, Punjab government’s method of dealing is extremely irresponsible but the strike is completely unjustified.

    The doctors could have easily taken their case to the Supreme Court. They have a verdict in their favour as they claim, so if the implementation was not done by the government then why didn’t they just file a complain in the Supreme Court. A court that can oust a sitting PM for not implementing the courts’s verdict could have easily helped them out. But instead the doctors decided to take their frustration out on the poor masses. No matter how justified their demands are, it doesn’t give them a license to cause pain and suffering to others.

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  • Jibran
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:52PM

    The real picture of good governance by zalim-e-aala. He has failed the province at each issue he encountered:
    1. Healthcare
    2. Law & Order
    3. Education
    4. Tax collection
    5. Losing Punjab’s interests in Council of Common Interests and thus inviting unprecedented loadshedding in the history of the province

    He is good only at one thing: propaganda and lying. But you can deceive some people some of the times, not all the people all the time. Here too he and his team of propagandists flooded the newspapers with advertisements that the issue stands resolved. The truth turns out to be totally the opposite.

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  • Zia
    Jul 3, 2012 - 2:53PM

    PMLN has made a huge mess of a small matter!!!

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  • M. Zubair
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:03PM

    Pakistan is all about politics……..Every one whether in government, or outside, in service or outside, agitating and demonsrating. Oh Allah have mercy on us

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  • syed Imran
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:05PM

    This shows the incompetance of PML(N) that they cannot handle sensitive issues. The only waty out is immediate release of doctors and negotiations with seniors doctors a part of these negotiations

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  • Kaleem
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:05PM

    Just knowing that Punjab govt cannot cancel degrees of all doctors has made them arrogant. I wish we had surplus doctors to fill this gap, or had human doctors not butchers.

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  • SUB
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:11PM

    Senior ir Junior, they are all the same

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  • blithe
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:13PM

    Punjabi doctors need to show some humanity!
    Where is the Hypocratic Oath?

    Frannkly, the doctors coming on TV scare me.
    I heard one young doctor say: “life is in his hands but he can turn it to death as well.”
    What sort of message are they sending?

    If a person makes such comments, how do you expect people and the government to react?

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  • Omer
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:14PM

    This is what happens when you vote for people the Shariffs!

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  • Omer
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:15PM

    This is what happens when you vote for people like the Sharrifs!

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  • Imran Sadaf
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:18PM

    They are showing unity at the cost of poor lives

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  • Max
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:27PM

    “Senior doctors are in their 50s and cannot do rigorous work for 24 hours. That is why we are demanding that our doctors should be released immediately,” Ahsan maintained.”

    And they are also too busy in their private clinics where they spend most of their time. The government-run hospitals are just the place to admit their private patients and in turn to be taken care by these young doctors.

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  • Iram
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Management is like holding dove in the hands, if you tighten your grip you kill it or if you lose your grip, you let it go but what can we expect from a blacksmith, he only knows hammering.

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  • Jibran
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Where are the doctors from Army? Make them work 24/7.

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  • Wajid
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:40PM

    The demands might be legitimate and surely, Punjab government’s method of dealing is extremely irresponsible but the strike is completely unjustified.
    The doctors could have easily taken their case to the Supreme Court. They have a verdict in their favour as they claim, so if the implementation was not done by the government then why didn’t they just file a complain in the Supreme Court. A court that can oust a sitting PM for not implementing the courts’s verdict could have easily helped them out. But instead the doctors decided to take their frustration out on the poor masses. No matter how justified their demands are, it doesn’t give them a license to cause pain and suffering to others.

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  • Roha
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Oh i am so glad to read an article that is not biased. All others are trying their best to defame the doctors without considering that what government had done would indeed have repercussions.

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  • Bob Tyson
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:55PM

    In a country where corrupt media will show the suppressor as the suppressed, and the suppressed as the suppressor balance of the society will shift and this is exactly what will happen; Chaos !

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  • Awans
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:55PM

    Everyone in Punjab knows that from which Political Party all Senior YDA members belong to and it is no wonder that party is completely silent on this issue and Mr Revolutionary again vanished from the scene as usual.

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  • Sonya
    Jul 3, 2012 - 3:55PM

    coercion does not work with the educated lot – Sharif brothers must attend classes how to deal with a new Pakistan.

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  • iconoclastic
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:03PM

    so the PML-N govt has finally shown it simply cant handle this issue. they have the basic lack of governance which led things turn so ugly. the bottom line is that they have to come on table with the young doctors, discuss their genuine issues and give a time frame to solve them all. or the things will soon be out of their control. and army will be replacing not only the doctors but the civilian government as well!!Recommend

  • DevilHunterX
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Blaming the innocent is easier than blaming the guilty e.g. Young Doctors aka Young KillersRecommend

  • Malik
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Well Shahbaz Sharif needed to realize that noone dies in OPDs, but will die if they act illogically and brutally against most important community of this country

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  • let there be peace
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:23PM

    I thought army doctors had already saved Pakistan.

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  • Jul 3, 2012 - 4:25PM

    Doctors aren’t your pets. You can’t emotionally blackmail them with sick patients to make them work without giving them fair pay and benefits for their indispensable service.

    You decide to use police to raid doctors’ homes and hostels, torture them, beat them into a coma, and harass their families? Well done. Now it’s our move.

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  • Zia
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:26PM

    If doctors also had political mafias backing (like transporters, CNG, others) by now their demand wud have been met.
    Since they are ordniray people, they will be beaten and jailed!

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  • Doctor
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:31PM

    We were on duty when we encountered a police raid and torture.Why you call it a strike.Explore the facts and you will come to know that even when OPD strike was going on, we doubled our workload , OPD patients were being checked in emergency or wards beside emergency and ward patients.Police,under instructions,started arresting and tortured doctors on duty.Doctor can serve only when he is alive and is not under security risk.It was only after the arrests that doctors couldnt come to hospitals as they were under security threats.Dont speak just because you have to say something.Speak when you have something to say.We doctors dont have money for media advertisements, we dont have powers to manipulate facts.All we have is our sincerity and an invitation for everyone to come and see the facts.

    You call us terrorists,gangsters,mafia. Call us whatever may please you. Truth is that terrorists are not born,they are made terrorists by social injustice.Gangsters and mafia are not born,they are made so.

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  • Aamir
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:44PM

    They are sending wrong message to the rest of the services!! Stop black mailing and immediately join ur duties!!

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  • sam
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:45PM

    There is no future of these illiterated and inept polititions who just know to suppress.

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  • Mr S
    Jul 3, 2012 - 4:49PM

    I am not a PMLN supporter but for the first time I am behind PMLN in dealing with an iron hand against these blackmailers. Their salaries were already raised up by Punjab Govt last year and they still want further allowance and grade upgradation at the cost of innocent lives. Really good to see Shahbaz Sharif handling these blackmailers with an iron hand. All these ‘hurtaali doctors”’ license/degrees should be scrapped and make them pay the entire fees which Govt payed for their expensive education.

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  • Eyeing Propaganda
    Jul 3, 2012 - 5:00PM

    This is democracy friends !

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  • Saad
    Jul 3, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Provincial Government is responsible for this mess. Sharifs have again shown their short-sightedness in solving issues. They have backtracked from their words, to cover up now they are employing aggressive methods. It is simple, straighten up the neglected health system and stop exploiting!

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  • ali imran
    Jul 3, 2012 - 5:11PM

    It was my parents wish to make me doctor, but now they feel very proud that I failed to qualify for medical college. Later appeared in additional maths paper in intermediate and chose computer sciences.

    I was so depressed not to become doctor but now I am feeling proud that I am earning 3 times more than a doctor :-)

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  • Naveed Javed
    Jul 3, 2012 - 5:14PM

    United they stand; In your face CM Punjab!

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  • Saleem
    Jul 3, 2012 - 5:26PM

    The Sharif brothers need to stop behaving like the mafia. ‘Khadim e ala’ you are not running ittefaq foundry here!Recommend

  • m javed
    Jul 3, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Politics comes into play in every issue irrespective of the fact how many lives of the people r involved. Yes its the right time to acclaim or malign Sharifs rather than getting to the core. Perhaps its still a long haul for us to become a mature nation.

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  • Riaz Butt
    Jul 3, 2012 - 5:51PM

    The CM has made a complete mess here. Doctors are not slaves of Sharifs to obey their orders. Sharifs can hire media people and other big sacred cows in their favor but not the ordinary people or doctors. Sharifs are wasting all the province resources in fraud schemes such as yellow cab, sasto roti, danish schools and else. They have not focused on improving the system.

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  • Naveed Javed
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:02PM

    Someone is missing Musharref! ;)

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  • ConcernedPatriot
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:07PM

    The Punjab Govt needs to step out of their mountain high good for nothing ego and look at the havoc they have created. What is with the refusal to have talks and continued arrest and torture of the doctors! That is totally uncalled for. I was and am still thoroughly against the closure of indoor and emergencies, however, the brutal treatment the doctors are being subject to, even those who ARE working in the emergencies is enough to irk and flare up anyone in their sane minds!

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  • Omer
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:09PM

    These are the people that voted for PMLN, now they are paying the price.

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  • THE
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:12PM

    @Naveed Javed: Yea right! Maybe you don’t remmember LAL MASJID!!!

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  • Riaz Butt
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:17PM

    @Naveed Javed

    Most of us are missing Musharraf.

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  • Dr. Usman Khalid
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:19PM

    None of the Young Doctors has signed any agreement with Government. That night when crack down occured, 24 medical students were also arrested during the raid. Police tortured & made them right down agreement. It has absolutely no worth as they are kids, innocent & our younger brothers. “Pressurize kr k likhwai hui statement ki koi legal aor moral value nahi”
    None of YDAP member has apologized from Govt. Media as usual portraying false picture. Our “complete” strike is continued.
    Dr. Usman Khalid Gen Secretary YDA Punjab.

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  • Noman Khalid
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:21PM

    A message to Lawyers, Lecturers, Teachers,Students, And infact to the whole Civil society….

    All of u awared of abt the tactics of this In-illigible Punjab Govt, Each of you hav been facing their humiliating acts. Plz go to the past and review your moments and try to understand our cause.

    The major difference is this time media is being totally partial in favour of the Govt. So they r showing fake stories. They r presenting plotted drama of Punjab Govt. We can never let the patient die without treatment, we hav been serving our days and nights and we r well awared abt our oaths and duties so stop teaching us and join ur hands with us. Believe me its not only in the favour of Doctors but for the whole society. By demanding our service structure( yani hum jab job start karein ge to kis grade mein karein ge???

    jab chorein ge to kitni duration k baad retirement hogi??? phir pensions or allownces??? jaisa k baqi tamam sarkari mulazmeen k liye defined ha. unfortunatrly hamary liye abhi tak 63 salon se kuch nahi) you ppl tell us by demanding all that r we commiting crime???

    Even with the protest we continued our duties in the Wards, In Operation theatres, In emergencies.

    This is the govt who planned this whole drama yesterday evening and started arresting the doctors then there was no way to continue our work. Yeh deaths ki zimidari totally Punjab Govt per ha… they r dealing with Drs like they do with other political parties… We dont know the ABC of the politics.

    we spent our past with books and patients. So plz stop playing politics with us.

    Media perdons the darkest part of the society they blackmail and take money. we dont hav swiss accounts to pay them and we dont hav steal mills to give them villas or tickets for the world tour.So we hope from noble civil society , i request them to personally come to the hospitals and observe the condition overthere.

    Dont go after fake media reports and dramas.

    UNITED WE STAND…

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  • K
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:23PM

    Dear all, It is to inform you that no unconditioned release is done from jail yet and our leaders are not cowards who will sign on conditions applied by Government. False news!

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  • YDA
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:24PM

    SPREAD THE WORD…..for public awareness!
    We doctors don’t have a media,neither we have millions of money to buy air time on media.The only medium we have is our contact list. . .
    So here r the facts;
    our strike was peacefull & all the patients were being entertained in emrgencies until last night when this ‘democratic govt’ captured dr’s and brutally tortured them.
    Dr naeem critically sick and is on ventilator.
    Dr bandesha …severly cooped and is in emergency.
    around 350 dr’s are in harrasment in jail.
    Lady dr’s were forced to leave the hostels at 2:00 AM at night. . .
    who will give the services under these conditions???
    BUT OUR CORRUPT MEDIA IS NOT SHOWING THIS.u people r our hope.
    plz spread this message,so that the public knows the real story….

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  • khan
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:27PM

    @Kaleem:
    well you will need only robots..as noone can work in these conditions..having most tough training,timing and responsiblity doctors all over the world have the highest salries,well except pakistan, here a grade 17 has higher salary then a trainee doctor!!!

    bring as many as doctors as you can things will remain the same…
    its a fact that noone other than doctors will care, because all serious or mildly serious cases are even today being treated in emergency, the upper class will ofcourse go to private hospitals where salaries isnt an issueRecommend

  • Jeffmahagaonvi
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:33PM

    How we can say the doctors
    to stop abusing their powers, as the demands are genuinely.
    They have the to protest for it peacefully.
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  • Anonymous
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:51PM

    The strike should have been handled in the first phase by having dialogues with the YDA and PMA. We don’t even have a health minister in our province for the last 4 years. Their is no direct statement from CM on this issue till now. It seems like advisers and bureaucrats around CM are handling this issue and they will obviously don’t want to spend money out of budget on healthcare service structure because that money is going in their pockets at the moment………………………

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jul 3, 2012 - 6:58PM

    It started with black coats when their clients suffered for months but no court ever stood for poor people. Doctors are following the traditions set by black coats and judges. Next, we will see soldiers striking for pay raise during war and fire fighters when buildings are burning. Punjab government should deal with these criminlas with iron hand and convey message to everyone that such behaviour will never be tolerated.

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 3, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Good decision! —- Do not negotiate with these blackmailers. Push them oit in the street and let them taste their worth. Let them find out who made them so called “cream” and who has the power to turn this cream saur, let them taste it now. Teach these selfish people, the ‘DARKSTERS’ a good lesson and learn, the hardway, the consequences of pushing the people to wall. Let them see that we can survive without their help like we did before hey ever became doctors yesterday.

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  • Jul 3, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Its all about getting best salary package and nothing more. The oath might be

    Hippocratic but lets face it: their profession demands a passion to save life first,

    rather than complaining a little less attractive salary package.

    I don’t think they are underpaid. They get many grants along with their salary which

    roughly starts from 50,000 or more. They are asking for higher grade scale than their

    occupation level. So I kind of agree with the government that raising the grade of

    doctors will eventually make another heap of problems as many other professions also

    fall in same category such as MBAs and engineers.

    Watch this video from 27:50.
    http://goo.gl/pyAdy

    Overall, one fact is clear that patients are getting badly affected by this tussle

    between young doctors & Punjab Govt.

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  • juni
    Jul 3, 2012 - 7:38PM

    the adamant and unyielding attitude has taken its toll in punjab…. punjab govt should talk to young drs …. drs get 80 rs per hr after sweating for half of their life……. if the attitude is not changed more and more fresh medical graduates from punjab will leave the country … and quacks will be left here to treat people………….Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Jul 3, 2012 - 7:41PM

    It is democratic right when the chief minister leads the processions and attack the houses of his opponents, but it become illegal when the doctors protest for very legal and rightful issue. The best thing that has happened is that the duo are exposed.Recommend

  • Naveed Javed
    Jul 3, 2012 - 8:15PM

    @THE:
    I was talking about Rana Sahab missing Musherref.

    @Rizz Butt I am not missing Musharref- Yaaay!

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  • what
    Jul 3, 2012 - 11:52PM

    This issue is being mishandled by Shahbaz Sharif and it will come back to haunt him at election time.

    He is dealing with Doctors as if they were criminals and he a lohaar! The way Sharifs handle “troublesome” people is to attack the Supreme Court, throw doctors in jail, have danda bardaar nawalas attack/burn opponents homes (where are all those loadshedding protestors who have mysteriously disappeared and for whom police action was forbidden despite destroying public/private proprty)?

    Having said that, doctors are being condemned unheard and being called criminals. Why is your newspapers not interviewing YDA doctors are presenting their side of the story. We want to know their demands and all legitimate demands need to be accepted. It is not as if they are demanding batman, DHA plot, agricultural land, cushy job in CMH, free education for children, overseas trips and training as in case of Army doctors.Recommend

  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Jul 4, 2012 - 12:10AM

    All our governments, federal or provincial both, conduct the government affairs without creating and implementing service rules on permanent basis. There are lots of public utility services which should not have any right to strike. The workers and staff of these services, such as Gas, eclectricity, water spply, teachers, doctors, sanitary workers etc. etc. should not have the right to strike. However, the workers of these public utility services should be given an extra , say, 20 percent special allowance. The young doctors in punjab have brought their noble profession in disrepute.strictest action should be taken against them including the cancellation of their registration with the medical council and in some cases cancellation of their degrees and demotion of the ring leaders.PML (Q) leaders including chaudhry parvez ilahi and others should not play politics in this situation.

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  • ovais
    Jul 4, 2012 - 1:30AM

    to let know everyone its not the money doctors are asking its service structure . 2nd people saying there is no money for any thing are totally wrong. i want to ask where do these politicians get their money for so much luxuries and how much a single minister costs us. doctors are 1st group to rise for their rights against govt. and rest should do the same. people are ok with politicians for robbing them but if someone risies voice for their rights they start blaming them. God, our nation is so dumb. so sad.

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  • Farrukh Malik
    Jul 4, 2012 - 2:46AM

    @Moise:
    It means you agree that doctors do strike and leave patients to die?

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  • Mohd Butt
    Jul 4, 2012 - 7:22AM

    Rana sahib thanks for defending public intrest and health. We sport you and shahbaz sharif.

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  • Tariq
    Jul 4, 2012 - 12:12PM

    You should not talk to anyone, Of course the Angels will come from the Sky and Solve every problem for you.

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  • Shahid
    Jul 4, 2012 - 1:29PM

    Its typical of Punjab Government to resolve administrative matters through arrogance and arm twisting instead of logic and magnanimity towards the demands of disenchanted segments of society.

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  • Rashid Khan
    Jul 4, 2012 - 3:05PM

    An inside report from secretariat tells that Rs. 1.6 million per day was given to each newspaper and 450 million to each channel for ads against doctors, which makes sense of all the propaganda being done by media against doctors. But no propaganda can break our unity. the revolutions are not bought with money, they are won with unity! and no one has better unity than the medical community… UNITED WE STAND…LONG LIVE DOCTORS UNITY….!

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  • Tufail Kazmi
    Jul 4, 2012 - 7:34PM

    This is utter bad governance and state terrorism! Any sane mind, any unbiased observer would deem the demands of young doctor’s right. What they are demanding is a protected job and future and is this wrong? As for strike, it should not have happened but I think they have been pushed to wall after several deceptions by the nincompoop people at helm of affairs in Punjab government. Even in UK, just 2 weeks ago more than 100 thousand doctors threatened strike and UK government has to accept their rightful demands. Those who are criticizing the young doctors have not understood their plight and those quoting Hippocrates’s oath not know a word about it.Very sad that the top cream of nation, the young professionals are being treated as captives of war! Another shameful chapter for the shameless added to history!

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  • Akhter Malik
    Jul 4, 2012 - 7:35PM

    When did the judiciary become immune to all sorts of criticism? Contempt of court? Seems like everything thing is contempt of court these days. The judiciary has become a decadent and toothless body exercising authority on the weak while nudging and winking at the elite. Although the concept is essential and noble but implementation and actual power of getting things done is lacking. Why did the court not take action when Punjab govt failed to fulfill their promises to the YDA? Who authorized the arrests of young doctors which set alight a fire in the chest of every young doctor in the country leading them to close opds in KPK and Balochistan? Do these lawyers and judges know anything about the plight of a young Doc? Can they take care of patients by themselves? Their job is much easier than the job of a doc and i must say much less important as well and if that qualifies as contempt of court them i am guilty. They forget that when they will one day get sick or be on their deathbed they will also remember those docs that they once condemned.

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  • saher
    Jul 5, 2012 - 1:34PM

    I dont get it, why are the general people confusing salary raise with service structure??? there is a huge difference! Kindly get your facts clear! and before calling the docs in pakistan butchers, thank them for staying in Pakistan in such conditions, every month docs leave Pakistan for middle east as there are better opportunities there, and we are deprived of the most competent ones. Why is govt reluctant to show them a clear path, why is it reluctant to improve conditions of hospitals, is it reluctant to to recruit more docs?? i seriously doubt that has anything to do with plight of the poor…

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