LAHORE At last, the Punjab government has opened its eyes and started making strategy to counter medics strike, which means end of inconvenience and humiliation of patients and their families at major public sector hospitals across the province including the City. The doctors are on strike for the last 16 days, denying treatment to patients at out patient department of public sector hospitals, mainly teaching hospitals in major cities, specifically in Lahore and Multan. The doctors protesting for sufficient increase in the salary package even forced closure of operation theatres at Jinnah Hospital and some other healthcare centres during the first couple of days of strike that caused cancellation of scheduled surgeries. The protesting doctors, however, are now attending patients on roadsides outside hospital premises to force the government to accept their all demands. The families even complained about medics attending gynae patients at roadside tents that lack privacy. According to the insiders, the Punjab government has asked management of public sector hospitals to take action against those instigating other medics for strike. Following clear instructions from the Punjab government, management of public sector hospitals has sent warning letters to over 50 identified medics, both male and female, and their families to end 'illegal strike and stop instigating other colleagues. The management of teaching hospitals in Lahore has made it clear to these medics and their families that stringent action would be taken against those refusing treatment to patients at specified places and designated wards after March 21. Talking to the newsmen, Parliamentary Secretary Health Punjab Dr Saeed Elahi said the government was still taking lenient view of medics strike even after a lapse of 16 days. The government cannot act as silent spectator if protesting medics take law into hands. If they try to close indoor and operation theatres, the law will take its own course and the writ of the government will be enforced, said Dr Saeed Elahi. The government has asked teachers to persuade young doctors for ending strike and it has yielded good results. At some hospitals, the management has issued notices to those instigating others for strike. The hospital management has also informed families of these doctors about the unnecessary strike, he said, adding, there was no justification for doctors to go on strike as the Punjab Chief Minister has already decided in principal to increase their salary package. He said over Rs 26 billion per annum was required to meet the expenditures of salary package demanded by doctors which was not available. He said the government would decide the volume of increase in salary package of doctors after getting clear picture about available resources for the next fiscal years. He suggested the doctors to wait for the next budget as the government would give top priority to increase in their salary.