Growing cases of kidnapping for ransom and lack of security arrangements forced doctors of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) to announce a sit-in outside the Chief Minister (CM) House on January 29.
The announcement was made by Provincial Doctors Association Vice President Dr Amir Taj during a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Monday.
Accompanied by association members Dr Salman, Dr Rizwan, Dr Azmat, Dr Imran, Dr Aamir Noor and Dr Iktidar, Taj said the rise in cases of doctors’ kidnapping in the past few months was a result of the government’s failure to take proper security measures for their protection.
“We are not in favour of strikes or seeing patients suffer. Therefore, we have decided to march from Lady Reading Hospital to the CM House to pressurise him into accepting our demands,” said Taj.
He said a special committee of doctors had proposed a security plan, but the government was not taking serious steps to implement it. He maintained the government should constitute a judicial commission to expose the “mafia” behind the kidnapping of doctors.
The association leader said the government’s prime responsibility was to protect the lives and property of the people, adding the time has come to take practical steps and end hollow slogans.
Regarding the government’s recent directives to doctors for hiring personal security guards, he said a doctor’s job is to treat patients, not carry guns and roam around with guards.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 21st, 2014.