LAHORE - The doctors have rejected Healthcare Bill 2009 saying that the bill is being promulgated without consulting them who are the real stakeholders. In this connection, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Punjab has announced to hold protest march against the proposed legislation on January 4, 2010 at the metropolis in which doctors from public and private hospitals will participate in a large number. It was announced by the PMA Punjab office bearers during a news conference at its office on Thursday. They said the meeting decided that doctors from district branches from across the province would gather at the PMA House on Jan 4 in a general house meeting to be followed by a rally. They claimed that inspectors were being imposed on the community in the disguise of a healthcare bill and demanded to drop the idea otherwise the government would have to face the unending protests by the doctors community. They said they were not against the regulatory body at the hospitals and clinics but it should be formed in consultation with the PMA. Earlier, a meeting of executive council was held to deliberate upon the sections of the bill, which they alleged to be a draconian law aimed at intimidating doctors through the Health Department inspectors. The meeting was of the view that the proposed legislation was against their fundamental rights and the PMA being a representative body had not been consulted during the drafting process. They said under the new bill a healthcare regulative body comprising the chief minister, six commissioners and an army of inspectors was proposed but they would foil the move. PMA Punjab President Dr H Arshraf Nizami and PMA Lahore President Dr Yasmeen Rashid while talking to newsmen said some elements within their community along with the bureaucracy were playing with the interests of patients and doctors. The efforts to push doctors to the wall would not be allowed to succeed and all such plans would be resisted. They said the bill aimed prohibiting private practice and restricting their freedom to charge fee. If any doctor legislator who is also a PMA member tried to support the bill, he will be boycotted by the body, they warned while referring to Dr Saeed Elahi, Chairman Task Force on Healthcare, who is said to a part of the team drafting the proposed regulation. The PMA office-bearers condemned police torture on doctors and paramedical staff working under Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP) during their rally on The Mall. They said such move of the Punjab government speaks volumes about its policy towards doctors and paramedics who are rendering service in the rural areas in hard circumstances. The PMA demanded that PRSP doctors and staff may be regularised immediately.