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YDA ‘gripes’: patients and motorists pay for roadblocks

LAHORE: Activists of the Young Doctors Association (YDA) blocked four major roads for traffic on Tuesday primarily against the Central Induction Policy introduced by the Punjab government for their postgraduate training.

After stopping work in the outpatient departments of five teaching hospitals, they also staged sit-ins on Canal Bank, Ferozepur, Jail and Ravi roads creating immense trouble for motorists.

The situation was much disturbing for the patients who were denied access to Jinnah Hospital, Lahore General Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Services Hospital and Punjab Dental Hospital.

The doctors, however, continued manning the emergency departments and indoor wards of the teaching hospitals, warning that if their demands are not met they would expand the scope of their protest.

At Services Hospital, the young doctors forced their entry into the office of the medical superintendent while raising slogans. They also had arguments with the MS who went out of his room after some time.

Holding placards bearing slogans against the government, the protesters said the Centralised Induction Policy for postgraduate training of doctors was aimed at closing the doors of higher education to them.

One of the protesters outside Jinnah Hospital, Dr Aasim said the government complained that doctors prefer to go abroad after completing their training. “The government has failed to provide conducive environment for us to stay here. It has not regularised the services of doctors working in public hospitals on an ad hoc basis for the last six years,” he said.

Dr Saleem was raising slogans for the provision of jobs to doctors outside Services Hospital. “The government has not adjusted in the teaching hospitals the doctors who had completed their postgraduate training during 2013-14 according to their qualifications.

“We have been wearing armbands for the last one week and no one (from the government) bothered to ask us the reason. We were forced to come on roads,” he said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman said the YDA was now pressing for provision of medicines and other facilities to the patients at public hospitals, early completion of projects like surgical tower at Mayo Hospital, radiology tower at Services Hospital, dental institute at Jubilee Town of Lahore and burn unit at Allied Hospital of Faisalabad.

“Marks obtained by a candidate in the Part-I examination conducted by the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan should be the basis for the induction policy for postgraduate training of doctors,” said the spokesman.

courtesy : dawn news



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