The Lahore High Court on Tuesday directed the young doctors to approach the court for their problems instead of boycotting the hospitals.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan issued these directions while hearing a petition seeking cancellation of licences of doctors who went on a strike.
The petition was filed by Muhammad Azhar Siddique, who said that young doctors had once again started protesting, which, he said was in violation of court orders. He said that patients at the hospitals were suffering due to the agitation. He requested the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the protesting doctors.
Defending the doctors’ protests, Advocate Raja Zulqarnain said that his clients doctors were holding only peaceful demonstrations which was their constitutional right. He alleged that the Punjab government was using delaying tactics rather than accepting their demand for a new service structure.
The court observed that the doctors should approach the court instead of holding demonstrations.
A law officer for the government informed the court that the doctors accused of causing the death of an infant during earlier protests had not joined the police investigation. Their non-cooperation, he said, was causing a delay in the completion of the investigation report.
The judge directed the doctors to cooperate with the police.
The court also issued notice to the parties on an application by teaching cadre doctors to become a party in the case and adjourned hearing till September 1.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2012.