LAHORE – Following failure of talks with the government, the Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab re-launched protest on Wednesday to press for the demand of revised service structure and reinstatement of 400 ad hoc doctors.

Dozens of doctors, led by YDA Punjab President Dr Hamid Butt, staged a demonstration outside the Services Hospital and continued to protest for over two-and-a-half hours, causing massive traffic jam on Jail Road and adjoining arteries.

Ambulances taking patients to the Services Hospital and Punjab Institute of Cardiology also got stuck in traffic, causing death of a patient after failure to reach the health facility. Several incidents of exchange of harsh arguments and even scuffle between motorists and protesting doctors were also reported.

The protesting doctors, carrying placards and banners inscribed with demand of revised service structure, chanted full throat slogans against the government and in favour of their demands. YDA Punjab leader Dr Amer Bandesha said the government was using delaying tactics that forced the young doctors to come out and raise a strong voice for their due rights. He informed that the YDA General Council would meet on Saturday to devise the future course of action.

Lahore DCO Noor-ul-Amin Mengal said the administration would probe the tragic incident of death of a patient because of traffic jam and a case would be registered against those responsible for it.