Punjab: Army doctors join duties, more to be appointed

LAHORE: After an uncontrolled strike of the Young doctors across Punjab, Army doctors took over the duties on Monday and began treatment of the neglected patients, Aaj news reported.

Army doctors along with other senior doctors have started treating the patients at Mayo and Services Hospital in Lahore, however, the arrangements appear insufficient as compared to the serious situation emerged due to young doctors’ strike that has entered its fourteenth day.

According to our correspondent, 14 army doctors joined mayo hospital, Lahore while 400 other new doctors also came on their duties.

In Multan, doctors also statred working in out-doors units. Police force has been deployed in Gujranawala, Faisalabad, Multan and other parts of the province.

Action against Young doctors

Earlier, on Sunday police launched a crackdown on protesting young medics following the failure of a last-ditch effort by intermediaries to avert a standoff.

Under the provincial government’s strategy to deal with the situation, a heavy contingent of the Lahore police conducted a raid at the YDA general council meeting at the hostel of the Services Hospital late on Sunday night and arrested more than 25 young doctors and staffers. They were shifted to lock-ups at different police stations for further legal action.

The late-night swoop came a day after Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif set a 24-hour deadline for the Young Doctors Association, Punjab chapter, to unconditionally call off their two-week long strike or else face the consequences.

A group of senior doctors met with YDA representatives on Sunday to win them over – but the young medics refused to budge on their demands.

Subsequently, the police launched a crackdown on the doctors’ hostel at Lahore’s Services Hospital and detained 40 medics. Key YDA leaders, however, managed to dodge the police and escape from the hostel.