March 2, 2011: PunjabYoung doctors have withdrawn their services from Outpatient departments of the three teaching hospitals in the city from Wednesday after receiving no response from the provincial government on raise in their salaries.
Over 3,500 patients, visited the OPDs of Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital on Wednesday, had to suffer badly because of the interruption in OPDs’ working.
Young Doctors Association Rawalpindi Chapter on call of YDA Punjab held a strike and protest demonstration on Tuesday and gave 48 hours deadline to the government for issuance of notification regarding 100 per cent increase in salaries of young doctors.
The dialogue of YDA with the government started on January 1 this year when YDA office-bearers met Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and pay raise was assured, however yet to date, the government issued no notification, said Chairman YDA Punjab Dr Muhammad Haroon while talking to ‘The News’ here on Wednesday. He added that the 48-hours deadline would be ended on Thursday and till then; the young doctors would not serve in the OPDs.
It is important that on average, OPDs of the allied hospitals accommodate over 4,000 patients daily and due to the strike the patients have to suffer badly.
YDA Rawalpindi Chapter President Dr Umar Saeed expressed to ‘The News’ that the young doctors would remain on strike till Thursday if the government does not issue notification. “We have called a meeting of the YDA representatives from across the province on Thursday (today) evening after which the YDA strategy would be announced.”
He said that the YDA has demanded the government to not only increase the salaries of the young doctors but also enhance allocation of health budget in the province. “The healthcare facilities lack essential equipments while millions of rupees are being spent on protocol of the VIPs which greatly contradicts to the claims of the ruling elite,” he said.