Doctors have turned their official residences in Medical Colony here into private clinics and laboratories, and are fleecing the patients with high fees by ignoring the patients during duty timing, it is learnt. The doctors who are supposed to be saviour have started sucking the blood of the poor in the name of healthcare, local people said.

Sources said that Quaid-i-Azam Medical College’s professor doctors did not discharge their duties in Bahawal Victoria Hospital as they went to the rooms of their colleagues and waste their time there. “A large number of doctors have made their luxurious homes in posh areas of Bahawalpur where the reach of a common person is impossible,” they said.

Citizens Arshad Ali, Liaquat Ali, Kamran Shaukat, Sameer Durrani and Zeeshan demanded that the Punjab chief minister should take notice of the issue and ensure their proper working at the hospitals. They also alleged that the doctors demanded fees from the patients for their admission to the hospital.

Test for admission to IUB college held: The written test for admissions to the University College of Engineering and Technology was held here on Sunday at the Islamia University Bahawalpur under the directives and supervision of the UET, Lahore.

About 2,300 candidates appeared in the test while Faculty of Arts Dean Dr Mamona Ghani, Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Dr Mehmood Ahmed, University College of Engineering and Technology Principal Pof Jan Muhammad Kerio, Dr Javed Hussan Chandio and IUB Accounts officer Muhammad Asim Khan supervised the proceedings to ensure transparency.

Special security, seating and parking arrangements were made for the candidates and their parents on the occasion.

According to the IUB management, successful candidates will be allowed admission to ensure merit.