The office bearers of different representative unions have called upon the provincial government to ban private practice by in-service physicians and surgeons to ensure better medical treatment in the government hospitals.

In a survey conducted by this reporter on Tuesday, they said that the present government was being spending huge amount to provide best healthcare to the patients in DHQ, THQ hospitals as well as Rural Health Centres and Basic Health Units across the Punjab but most of the Medical Officers posted in these hospitals/RHCs/BHUs were evincing little interest in treating their patients and most of them refer the patients to Lahore, Faisalabad or to their own private hospitals/clinics to mint money.

According to survey conducted by this scribe, 50 percent government doctors have set up their own hospitals in the city and most of them referred minor cases particularly delivery cases to their private hospitals where they fleecing them, which is deplorable.

It is worth mentioning that over the years the government have not only upgraded the general wards but also provided all possible facilities in the children and gyneacological wards. However, due to the indifferent attitude of most of the physicians and surgeons (male and female) the patients were not being facilitated. The government has also established full-fledged anti-hepatitis centre, which is perhaps first in the Punjab, but it was also not providing the desired facilities.

The citizens have said that establishment of private clinics by the in-service physicians and surgeons were biggest hurdle in the vision of the government to provide better health care to the patients in the government hospitals.

RS5M VALUABLES LOOTED: Four armed bandits stormed into the house of a big businessman in the busiest Defence Colony in broad daylight here and made off with gold ornaments, cash and other valuables worth Rs5 million.

According to police source, four armed dacoits raided the residence of Sheikh Shahid Mehmood Bhirrywaly in the Defence Colony, in the afternoon, tied all the children and female members of the family with strings and made off with 30 tolas of gold ornaments, 100,000 Saudi Rayal, Rs1,80,000 and other household articles worth Rs5 million.

The police have registered a case but as usual failed to arrest the accused, who whisked away in their car.

Of late, dacoity and rubbery cases in the area have increased which created panic among the citizens and they felt insecure due to inaction of the police. They have called upon the RPO and DPO to intensify patrolling by the police and Elite Force to provide security to the citizens.

Burglars loot general store: Unidentified burglars broke into a general store situated in Madina Colony here the other night and made off with a laptop, cash and other precious articles worth hundreds of thousands of rupees.

According to police, unidentified burglars barged into a general store owned by Mohsin Ali and made off with laptop, Rs28,000 and other articles worth hundreds of thousands of rupees. The police have registered a case.