LAHORE – The Punjab Health Department has terminated two doctors and suspended another six over the Gujranwala attack by the young doctors. The department also issued show-cause to five doctors.

A large number of patients are suffering because of the young doctors’ strike at the outdoor patients (OPDs) of various public hospitals across the province, especially the provincial capital.

The young doctors suspended medical services at the OPDs to free their colleagues from police custody who resorted to violence against the district headquarters hospital medical superintendent and media team on January 2 (Wednesday).

A spokesman of the young doctors said they would not provide services at the OPDs till the release of the doctors in Gujranwala.

In a bid to tame the unruly young doctors, the health secretary issued order to enforce the Punjab Essential Services (Maintenance) Act, 1958.

According to the order, all the employees of the teaching hospitals working under the administrative control of the Punjab government shall be on duty with immediate effect according to the duty roster of their respective institution/hospital without fail.

They shall perform their duties as assigned to them by their respective heads of institution / medical superintendent / immediate supervisors to the best of their abilities, the order added.

The two doctors who have been removed from service include Dr Zohaib and Dr Abdullah. The suspended doctors are Dr Kashif Bilal, Dr Farasat Ali, Dr Kashif Bashir, Dr Fareha Bajwa, Dr Muhammad Tahir and Dr Waqar Idress, said a health department official on Thursday.

While the doctors who were served show-cause notice include Dr Fareha Kashif, Dr Umar Rathore, Dr Yahya Zia, Dr Hasnain and Dr Waqar Azeem, he added.

Meanwhile, PMA, Lahore chapter held a meeting to review the situation after the Gujranwala incident.

The PMA through a resolution condemned the actions of young doctors and said such shameful acts had become source of embarrassment for the entire medical community.