LAHORE – The Young Doctors Association continued hunger strike outside the Services Hospital on 10th day on Wednesday to press for its demand.

The YDA also took out a rally from Services Hospital to Governor House to condemn, what it said, police torture on doctors on February 10 when young doctors tried to stage demo at the inauguration of Metro Bus Service. A number of YDA doctors participated in the demonstration on wheelchairs.

Politicians, students, paramedics, lawyers and civil society activists joined the march to show solidarity with the protesters.

The protesting doctors from various hospitals gathered at the hunger-strike camp to march to the Governor House where they staged a sit-in, causing massive traffic jam on Jail Road and its adjacent arteries. The protesting doctors also traded barbs with the motorists looking for space to pass on Jail Road. Ambulances were also stuck in worst traffic jam.

The participants chanted slogans in favour of their demands and against the Punjab government. Heavy police contingent led by SP Model Town escorted the participants of the rally from the hunger-strike camp to the Governor House.

On the other hand, Special Assistant to CM on Health Kh Salman Rafique chairing a meeting at Civil Secretariat over the YDA strike issue.

He said most of the agreed points of service structure had been implemented while the committees had been constituted for implementation of remaining points.

Kh Salman Rafique said that the committees constituted for the implementation of the points of service structure have submitted their recommendations which were being given final shape. He said that the government was implementing the service structure approved for all cadres of doctors.

General Cadre Doctors Association President Dr Masood Sh expressed satisfaction over the efforts of Health Department for implementing all points of service structure and said that it was joint responsibility of doctors to ensure provision of medical facilities to the patients.

Health Secretary Arif Nadeem, Special Secretary Babar Hayat Tarar, Additional Secretary Asfand Yar Khan, Deputy Secretary Rana Saleem and office-bearers of doctors’ bodies attended the meeting.

According to statement, the Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians showed solidarity with the protesting doctors and condemned police torture.

In a meeting, held under PAFP President Dr Aftab Iqbal Sheikh and attended by General Secretary Muhammad Nadeem Khawaja, Chief Organiser Dr Manzoor Rana and other office-bearers, the academy called upon authorities to take notice of the matter.