LAHORE - Normalcy returned to teaching hospitals in the province including Lahore as young doctors resumed duties at Out Patients Departments (OPDs) yesterday.

The Young Doctors Association (YDA) had announced to close down OPDs at major public sector hospitals for indefinite period from December 10 to press for the demand of withdrawal central induction policy for PG trainees. Though the Health Department kept OPDs functional with the help of seniors under Police protection, absence of young doctors hampered service delivery. With both the Health Department and the YDA stuck to their stance, patients were the ultimate sufferers of strike that continued for nine days. Emergencies and wards, however, remained functional during the strike. Negotiations between the health bureaucracy and YDA men continued for two days that proved successful last Saturday. Instead of sticking to the demand of revival of old mechanism of induction of PG trainees through head of institutions, the YDA accepted the offer of 100 per cent increase in the number of seats for post-graduation.

The Department assured the YDA to double the seats of PG trainees and special incentives for those working in rural areas i.e, residences and additional allowances.

The YDA leadership said that the government would soon issue a notification regarding 100 per cent increase in number of seats for PG trainees and special incentives for performing duties in rural/remote areas.