LAHORE – The Punjab chapter of the Young Doctors Association has announced to close down the indoor facility at Punjab Institute Cardiology and OPDs (Outpatient Department) of all public sector hospitals in the City today in protest against suspension of doctors over the issue of deaths from the spurious drugs.

The YDA will continue its strike at public sector hospitals for one week, its spokesman Dr Nasir Abbas said. A fresh schedule of strike would be announced after a week’s time if the government did not restore the suspended doctors, he added.

Dr Abbas said the government had suspended the doctors without even launching a probe into the issue.

Meanwhile, doctors associated with the YDA continued their protest on the Jail Road, outside the PIC, on the second consecutive day on Tuesday. It caused a massive traffic jam in the heart of the City.

Doctors, led by YDA’s Punjab President Dr Hamid Butt, blocked the road and staged a sit in from 11 am to 01 pm. They chanted slogans against the government and in favour of doctors suspended over PIC issue. The blockage of road at peak hours caused worst traffic jam for over five hours. Due to the mess, even ambulances could not get a way to carry patients to the PIC and Services Hospital.

But a Health Department spokesman said the strike was a violation of the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s order. “As per the SC order, all doctors are bound to extend full cooperation in the PIC medicine inquiry,” he said. The strike, he said, was also a violation of the fundamental rights of the patients.

He said that those observing strike would commit contempt of court and such steps were also against the spirit of the noble profession. He appealed to the doctors to abide by the SC order and refrain from observing the strike.

He said that the majority of the patients visiting government hospitals belong to poor and middle class and strike would increase their problems which would bring a bad name to the sacred profession.