RAWALPINDI  - The doctors of District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital have been defying duty, leaving patients in pain.
The doctors leave Out Door Patients Department (OPD) up to two-hours before the official time (from 8am to 2pm) but the medical superintendent has turned a blind eye to the issue. About 1,700 patients, including women and children, visit OPD daily but hardly 1,000 patients could be looked after.
Among dozens, Sumaira Bibi and Muniza Abrar returned home Wednesday after without medical chechup because of absence of doctors, including ENT Department Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Dr Shahid Aziz Awan. They told The Nation that they arrived at OPD at 12:35pm to get their throat examined but a ward boy informed them 1:25pm that time had up. They said that they took up the matter with the medical superintendent but to no avail. “Time is up. You people, should be punctual,” they cited the MS.
Similar complaints were made by hundreds of patients queuing outside various wards while talking to this scribe. They have been making a litany of complaints to the MS but to no avail.
They made an appeal to the high-ups to take notice of irresponsibility of doctors so that the patients could get relief. 
When contacted, Punjab Health Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik vowed to take stern actions against irresponsible medics. He said that nobody was allowed to leave his/her clinic before the schedule time.
"It is the duty of Rawalpindi Medical College Principal and Medical Superintendents to keep check," he said adding that he would constitute monitoring committees over the matter.