Rawalpindi: Protesting Doctors Medical Camps Outside OPDs

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Rawalpindi: Protesting Doctors Medical Camps Outside OPDs:
Rawalpindi (March 6, 2011): Protesting young doctors of three Rawalpindi hospitals decided to set up medical camps outside the OPDs as they did not want to leave the patients unattended.
The young doctors were not ready to resume their respective duties as the Punjab government was turning a deaf ear to their demand regarding the increase in their salaries.
Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab Chairman Dr Muhammad Haroon told Dawn on Sunday that the young doctors would establish medical camps outside the OPDs to provide medical treatment to the poor patients.
He said that the doctors did not want to leave the patients in the lurch while protesting against the indifference attitude of the government. He said that the senior doctors had also assured their support to establish the said camps.
He claimed that the young doctors took Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) Principal Dr. Afzal Farooq into confidence regarding the medical camps for the patients outside OPDs. He said that the management would also support the doctors in the regard.While elaborating the features of the medical camps, he said that each medical camp would have eight counters including medicine, surgery, gynecology, children, ENT, dentistry and general. He said that each doctor would perform three-hour duty at these camps.
He said that the young doctors would also establish hunger strike camp outside Benazir Bhutto Hospital to protest against the apathetic attitude of the provincial government.
He said that the hunger strike would continue till the acceptance of their demands.
Dr Haroon said that PMLN MNA Hanif Abbasi requested the YDA Rawalpindi chapter to call off the strike but the young doctors rejected his request. He said that Mr. Abbasi was of the view that the provincial government was willing to increase the pay of the trainee doctors but financial crisis was the real hurdle in this regard.
He said that YDA representatives made it clear that the strike would continue till the Punjab government issued notification about the pay raise of the doctors. He said that Hanif Abbasi also conveyed the message of the chief minister that he had constituted a committee to solve the problems of the doctors and the meeting of the committee would be held in Lahore tomorrow (March 8).
He said that in the light of new development,YDA Punjab called its general council meeting today (Monday) at Services Hospital, Lahore to chalk out further plan of action.
When contacted, Benazir Bhutto Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Asif Qadir Mir said that the administration would decide today (Monday) whether the young doctors should be allowed to establish medical camps outside OPDs or not.
He said that RMC principal would make a decision about the camps. He said that in the camps, the doctors would check the patients who would contact the administration for the provision of medicines and tests.

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