Holy Family Hospital – Doctors call off strike as 12 accused held

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Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi (Tuesday, May 17, 2011) – Patients took a sigh of relief on Monday as young doctors called off their strike in all three teaching hospitals after arrest of at least 12 accused allegedly involved in manhandling of over 40 doctors at the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) three days back.
Young doctors, including medical officers, house officers and postgraduate trainees, went on strike in outpatient and inpatient departments of allied hospitals on Friday after an attack on the Holy Family Hospital ICU by more than 100 men. They did not even attend elective operation theatre lists. In the attack, about 40 young doctors sustained minor while five sustained major injuries.
“The strike has been called off in all teaching hospitals as police have arrested three of the four men nominated in the FIR in addition to nine others,” announced the YDA late Sunday night.
The YDA stated that police have provided sufficient security to the staff of allied hospitals. Moreover, CPO Azhar Khokhar and MNA Hanif Abbasi have assured the YDA of action against DSP Taimoor Khan and his team, who, according to young doctors, allowed the attackers to do what they wanted at the HFH ICU.
“Police have also assured young doctors of their cooperation in future whenever needed,” said YDA Punjab Chairman Dr. Muhammad Haroon while talking to ‘The News’ on Monday. He said that the YDA has been informed that an inquiry against DSP Taimoor Khan has been initiated and necessary action would be taken against him, if he was found guilty.
Dr. Haroon said that the YDA has been informed that the New Town Police Station SHO and two sub-inspectors have been suspended for their poor performance in tackling the issue. After finding that
police were taking measures seriously, the YDA has decided to call off its strike keeping in view problems being faced by the general public at allied hospitals,” he said.

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