LAHORE - After successful negotiations with the Punjab government, the Young Doctors Association has withdrawn protest call and postponed demonstration to be held at Jail Road on Tuesday.

Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq, Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar and Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz held meeting with YDA leadership at Services Institute of Medical Sciences and assured the medical community to resolve all the problems within minimum possible time. On government assurance, the YDA leadership withdrew protest call.

YDA Punjab office bearers Dr Hamid Butt, Dr Javed Aheer and Dr Aamir Bandesha said that a strong protest would be launched if the demands were not fulfilled within one month.

Kh Salman Rafique said that the government has fulfilled the promises made with doctors and 90 percent points have been implemented so far.

Babar Hayat Tarar said that Punjab Public Service Commission selected doctors who were absent from duty for the last several months, were dismissed as per law. He said that they have the right to appeal. If these doctors submitted application, they would be reinstated.  He said that PG trainee doctors and those who have started their house job would be allowed to complete their training. A comprehensive policy would be evolved for house job in future under which graduates of medical colleges of public sector would be given preference, he added.

He informed young doctors that process of promotion of medical officers and women medical officers to the post of Senior Registrar and Consultants would soon be completed. He said that one patient, one attendant policy would be adopted at government hospitals for the security of doctors.