750 young doctors resign in Faisalabad in protest
FAISALABAD: As many as 750 young doctors tendered their resignations here on Friday in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands as seven patients died due to non-availability of medical services in the province.
The young doctors of the Allied Hospital, DHQ Hospital and Social Security Hospital continued the strike here on Friday and staged demonstrations on main roads of Faisalabad. They blocked the roads for all kinds of vehicular traffic and chanted slogans in favour of their demands.
Agencies add: According to a spokesman for the Young Doctors Association, young doctors of Allied Hospital, District Headquarter (DHQ) Hospital, General Hospital Ghulam Muhammad Abad and Social Security Hospital Faisalabad were on strike for the last one month.
He said the hospital administrations as well as government functionaries did not pay any heed to their demands. He said on the call of Young Doctors Association, Punjab, they submitted their resignations to medical superintendents of the hospitals.
A complete strike was observed by the young doctors at different hospitals of the provincial metropolis. The strike of the young doctors entered the 32nd consecutive day on Friday.
The doctors did not attend patients of out-door, in-door and emergency wards of Mayo Hospital, Services Hospital, Ganga Ram Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Lahore General Hospital and Jinnah Hospital.
Spokesman for the YDA Punjab Aftab Butt said that a large number of doctors had submitted their resignations to the YDA here on Friday. He said the strike would continue for an indefinite period of time if a notification of a special salary package was not issued.
Owing to the strike, patients had to face severe problems. Doctors did not attend the OPD and emergency in almost all the public hospitals in the provincial metropolis. Meanwhile, seven patients died on account of non-availability of medical services at different hospitals of the Punjab due to the young doctors’ strike for the last one month.
According to a private TV channel, the YDA joint secretary said that so far the doctors had tried their best to provide medical care to the patients and had set up camps to facilitate them so that no one suffered due to the strike but the authorities had forced them to take such extreme steps.
The relatives of the deceased alleged that the deaths occurred because doctors were not available in hospital emergencies. In the wake of weeks of the crippling strike, Secretary Health, Nargis Sethi, along with a team of officials held marathon talks on Friday with a delegation of Young Doctors Association (YDA).
The secretary said the Ministry of Health was aware of the difficulties being faced by the doctors, who are rendering a great service to the nation and often work in the most challenging of circumstances.
The secretary promised to take up the demands of the doctors with the authorities, including the Ministry of Finance, and sought time to respond on each demand after seeking the opinion of the all concerned. Nargis Sethi expressed regret and concern over the immense suffering that the patients endured.