Doctors strike Continue in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Health delivery paralyzed

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Doctors strike Continue in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Health delivery paralysed:
PESHAWAR (May 27, 2011) : Continuous strike by the doctors has paralysed the health delivery system in major public hospitals in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, particularly in Peshawar, while efforts to end the standoff between the protesting doctors and the government failed to yield any result.
The doctors have been on strike in major hospitals of the provincial metropolis including the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) and Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) since Monday causing severe hardships to patients.
The protesting doctors have now extended their strike to Mardan and Swabi and suspended health facilities at the Mardan Medical Complex (MMC) and district headquarters hospitals in Mardan and Swabi.
The doctors had earlier suspended provision of services at the District Headquarters Hospitals in Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Hangu, Kohat, Swat and Abbottabad.The patients and their attendants criticized the Awami National Party-led provincial government and Health Minister Syed Zahir Ali Shah for becoming silent spectators to the suffering of the people at the hands of protesting doctors.
There has been no Out-Patient Department (OPD), ward services, investigations and surgeries at operation theatres at these tertiary care hospitals since the protest began. Patients from far-flung areas of the province and adjoining tribal areas are referred to the major public hospitals in Peshawar for comparatively better treatment.
The hospitals are deserted due to the ongoing strike by the doctors while paramedics working there also went on strike on Thursday to demand proper service structure.The doctors’ strike, however, resulted in flourishing business for private hospitals and clinics in most parts of the city, mostly at the Dabgari Gardens, a hub of private clinics and laboratories. Also, influential patients admitted to private rooms of these hospitals are being regularly examined by senior doctors and provided medicines from the hospitals.
Sources said that efforts were made Thursday by members of the Academic Council of the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI) to resolve the issues between the protesting doctors and the Health Department but they could not succeed despite a marathon meeting held at the LRH.
(Published in “TheNews” on Saturday, May 28, 2011

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