LAHORE - A sense of insecurity has gripped a number of senior doctors, some of them holding prominent positions, on the reports that a group of Surgimed Hospital's doctors, backed by recently appointed convenor of Working Group for Health, Prof Dr Amir Aziz, has geared up its efforts to get their favourite doctors appointed on senior posts lying vacant in different teaching hospitals of the province. The said group is mandated to formulate recommendations for the government on different heath issues including appointment of doctors on senior positions. Background interviews with senior doctors have revealed that a big confrontation will be brewing up in coming days between the Working Group office-bearers and the dejected doctors who fear that they might be ignored for appointment in hospitals due to biased attitude of the group members. A senior officer bearer of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) who requested not to be named, also accused the Working Group office-bearers of misguiding and misleading the Punjab government on seniority issue and about the merit policy. He feared that the Working Group members were using influence to victimise the deserving and senior doctors besides those who belonged to the rival camp. While talking to The Nation on Friday, Pakistan Medical Association, Punjab, General Secretary Dr Izhar Ahmad Chaudhry demanded of the Punjab government to reconstitute the said group by giving greater representation to office-bearers of PMA and officials of Punjab Health Department to run the affairs of medical institutions in an efficient manner. He opposed appointment of Prof Dr Amir Aziz as Convenor of the health group saying, some one from government side should have been given this important responsibility. The PMA General Secretary said that Prof Amir Aziz was owner of a private hospital and a controversial person who remained at logger heads with the senior teaching cadre doctors in the past. The doctors' community, he said, had much resentment over his appointment as convenor to the Working Group for Health because of his past conduct. He appealed to PML-N leaders to look into the matter and find some suitable replacement for Prof Amir Aziz either from health department or from amongst senior doctors of teaching hospitals. A reliable source told The Nation that the son of Prof Dr Shahbaz Zeman and niece of Prof Dr Haq Nawaz submitted an application with the PML-N leader Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif stating that his mother and maternal uncle were victimised some years ago by Prof Dr Amir Aziz. Due to harassment and humiliation by Prof Amir Aziz, both preferred to leave Pakistan and later migrated to America. He further stated that his uncle Haq Nawaz Bharwana had served the department as Principal Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Professor of Medicine, Allama Iqbal Medical College and president College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan while his mother Prof Dr Shahbaz Zeman Professor of Pathology, Allama Iqbal Medical College had also worked on the same post in King Edward Medical University, Lahore. Both have a keen desire to return to their native land and wanted to rejoin their jobs but are reluctant due to fear of Prof Dr Amir Aziz who has regained his powers after the Punjab government appointed him as convenor of Working Group for Health. He has appealed to the former Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to take action for the security of his mother and maternal uncle during his return to Pakistan. The source claimed that the son of victim doctors would also be meet Hamza Shahbaz within next a few days to get assurance about the job security of his relative doctors in Pakistan. It is also learnt reliably that the senior doctors who are placed higher in the seniority list, have decided to start a comprehensive campaign to give a tough time to the Working Group for Health office-bearers after they were ignored for the major posts. They accused the Working Group for Health members for recommending the names of those doctors for the important posts who are junior in seniority list issued by the health department. Punjab's senior most doctors who are holding first two top positions in the seniority list included Prof Dr Laiq Hussain, Professor of Anatomy and Principal Nishtar Medical College Multan and Prof Dr Ghulam Ahmad, Professor of Anatomy, Allama Iqbal Medical College. Interestingly, their names were not discussed or recommended for the vacant post of VC, King Edward Medical University, for Principal, Allama Iqbal Medical College, (AIMC) VC University of Health Sciences. Sources in the PMA alleged that it was on the recommendation of the said group that Prof Dr Zafarullah Khan who is 3rd in the seniority list was appointed as acting VC, KEMU due to his close association with the Surgimed owners. Similarly, they said, the names of Prof Dr Mazhar-ul-Haq Atique, Professor of Medicine, Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, DrKaukab Bashir, Professor of Medicine AIMC, Dr Jawad Sajid Khan, Prof of Cardiac Surgery, PIC, Dr Muhammad Akram, Professor of Psychology, KEMU, Dr Attiya Mubarik, Professor of Anatomy, KEMU, Dr Syed Taifur Ul-Islam Gilani, Professor of Anaesthesia, Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore and Dr Pervaiz Akbar, Professor of Paediatrics, Nishtar Medical College Multan were not considered for any senior position as they were suspected of having their links with a rival camp of Surgimed Group. Prof Dr Atif Kazmi, head, department of Dermatology, KEMU, Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan, Incharge Punjab Institute of Preventive Ophthalmology, Prof Dr Riaz Bhatti, professor of psychiatry and head of the department, KEMU and Dr Muhammad Awais Orthopaedic Surgeon are among those who fear being victimized by the group of Surgimed Hospital's partners and Working Group's convenor. A senior doctor seeking anonymity told The Nation that the aggrieved doctors will soon hold a meeting with the office-bearers of PMA, Lahore and PMA Punjab to devise a strategy to thwart any attempt against them.