YDA protest: Principals sent in to get doctors to call off hunger strike

Talks begin between YDA leaders and principals of three colleges.

Our Correspondent February 08, 2013
Members of the Pakistani Young Doctors Association (YDA) sit on a hunger strike at their protest camp in Lahore. PHOTO: AFP


The Punjab government sent the principals of three medical colleges to Services Hospital to persuade the Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab to end its hunger strike, which entered its fourth day on Thursday.

Professor Mahmood Shaukat of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Professor Faisal Masud of Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) and Professor Fakhar Imam of Fatima Jinnah Medical College went to the hunger strike camp on Thursday and asked the doctors to resolve their dispute through negotiations.

After their visit, the YDA Punjab called a meeting of its General Council. A delegation of YDA leaders including Patron-in-chief Dr Hamid Butt, spokesman Dr Nasir Bokhari and Dr Usman Ayub later went to Prof Masud’s office at SIMS.

“We have sent our delegation to talk with the principals. For now, we cannot say whether or not the talks will be successful. We don’t know yet what mandate the three principals have been given. We will not call off our strike until our demands are met,” said YDA Media Secretary Dr Khurram Shehzad.

Khawaja Salman Rafique, the chief minister’s special assistant on health, said that the government had not held any negotiations with the protesting doctors because the dispute had started when YDA members had mistreated their seniors.

“We have given the seniors the authority to decide matters. If the young doctors can satisfy their seniors and the seniors believe the issue can be resolved, we would be satisfied too,” he said.

The YDA Punjab’s protests began after seven doctors were arrested for roughing up the medical superintendent of Gujranwala District Headquarters Hospital over a month ago. The association has demanded the release of the doctors and the cancellation of subsequent transfers and terminations of doctors.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 8th, 2013.


pashtunyar | 8 years ago | Reply

These doctors should be working like the rest of the people and not drama baazi!

Muslim Leaguer | 8 years ago | Reply

These monsters have no respect for their seniors... The academic degrees of these persons should be got verified because the way they are behaving proves the allegation that most of them failed in Pakistani universities and they studied in Russia.

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