Rawalpindi, Lahore: Punjab YDA strike today (March 1, 2011):
Young Doctors Association (YDA), Rawalpindi Chapter, will hold a complete strike in all three allied hospitals here today (Tuesday) for evacuation of the Rawalpindi Medical College Girls Hostel being utilised by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and raise in their salaries.
On the call of the YDA Punjab, the YDA Rawalpindi Chapter announced the strike for acceptance of demands, including increase in salaries of doctors. The YDA announced that young doctors would only serve in emergency departments of the Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and the District Headquarters Hospital.
On January 29, the YDA Rawalpindi Chapter organised a peaceful demonstration in front of the RMC Girls Hostel near Ali Nawaz Chowk along Rawal Road and gave the deadline of February 28 to the NAB high-ups for evacuation of the building.
On February 3, the PML-N leadership assured the YDA that the NAB would vacate the building of the RMC hostel before February 28. The PML-N MNA from Rawalpindi, Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, had told ‘The News’ that on his directives, the Rawalpindi commissioner met the NAB director-general who assured that the NAB would vacate the RMC hostel building in February.
The NAB has been utilising the RMC hostel building for nearly 10 years. As a consequence, the RMC students have been suffering badly.
“We have been given an assurance of 100 per cent pay raise, along with evacuation of the RMC hostel building, but nothing has yet been done on the two issues,” said YDA Punjab Chairman Dr. Muhammad Haroon while talking to ‘The News’. He added that the strike on Tuesday is being held to divert attention of the concerned high-ups in both provincial and federal set-ups for resolution of problems.
YDA Rawalpindi Chapter President Dr. Umar Saeed informed ‘The News’ that the YDA would hold complete strike in the three teaching hospitals, however, young doctors would serve in emergency departments.
Professor of Medicine at Rawalpindi Medical College Dr. Shoaib Shafi, who is also serving as hostel warden, when contacted by ‘The News,’ said that the NAB would not vacate the RMC hostel on February 28. “A large number of female medical students requiring facility of hostel have to face problems because of unavailability of space,” he said while responding to a query. He added that at times, the RMC has to facilitate even six students in a single room.