Punjab Doctors Again Announces Strike – Jang Breaking News 1-4-2011:
LAHORE (April 1, 2011): Young Doctors Association (YDA) has changed its decision to end the strike and announced continuation of protest due to the “uncooperative” attitude of the Punjab government.
YDA Punjab president Hamid Butt addressing a press conference at the Services Hospital here on late Thursday night said that it was decided in a general council meeting that there would be a complete strike throughout the Punjab.
He said that the chief minister Punjab was not taking their problems seriously. There would be complete strike in all hospitals of the Punjab on Friday, he said and added that OPD, elective OT and Wards would face strike except emergency cases would be treated. This routine would continue every Tuesday and Thursday while the strike in OPD will continue daily, he added. He said bureaucracy was the main hinderance, rather than the political government. —APP
Our correspondent adds: Earlier in the day, following assurance for fulfillment of their demand of increase in salaries, the Young Doctors’ Association (YDA) had announced to call off the strike unconditionally in public sector hospitals in the Punjab.
A delegation of YDA comprising Dr Nasir Abbas, Dr Mazhar Chaudhry, Dr Rai Ahmed, Dr Abu Bakkar Gondal, Dr Jehangir and Dr Bajwa thanked the Senior Adviser to Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa for taking interest in resolution of their problems and considering their demands sympathetically during their meeting here at the 90 Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, according to a handout issued on Thursday.
During the meeting, the demands of the YDA were considered and various proposals were discussed. Khosa said doctors are associated with sacred profession and they should call off the strike in the larger interest of the poor as the government despite financial constraints is considering their demands sympathetically and their salaries can be increased in the next financial budget. He said it is the professional responsibility of the doctors to perform their duties devotedly and honestly in the hospitals