Punjab: Young doctors’ strike causes misery for patients

LAHORE: The Young Doctors Association Of Punjab has continued to observe strike against the cancellation of transfer orders of postgraduate trainee doctors (PGRs) and medical officers (MOs).

The patients with their families are in trouble especially at Children’s Hospital and the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, which treat more then 3,000 patients daily.

The closure of OPDs resulted in burden on emergency departments and critical care was affected as a result. Exchanges of words and minor clashes between doctors and patients were witnessed when doctors refused to attend OPD patients at emergencies.

Besides, The YDA also plans a sit-in across the province on April 25 (Wednesday) if the government doesn’t withdraw the transfers.

Talking to Aaj news, the Health Department said it had ordered the transfers because it needed to accommodate 691 new doctors selected by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC).

But YDA refused the decision and demanded to take back the transfers.