LAHORE - The Young Doctors Association staged protests demonstration in the provincial capital besides other major cities of Punjab on Thursday against the privatization of public sector hospitals and for the implementation of service structure.

The YDA also blocked roads and a large number of doctors participated in the protest rallies. A spokesman for YDA Dr Khurram Shahzad said in a press statement that they would allow any authority to handover the public hospitals to contractors in any case because provision of health facilities is the responsibility of the government and the government could not withdraw from its responsibilities in any case whether the doctors will have to face bloodshed.

Young doctors come out on leading roads for withdrawal of outsourcing health facilities and creation of paid seats for PG trainees as well and they also staged sits-in at The Mall, Jail Road, Shakat Ali Road, Ferozpur Road and Canal Bank Road, causing huge inconvenience to the motorists.

Their protests caused cancellation of hundreds of scheduled surgeries besides hampering service delivery at all hospitals in the province as the doctors stayed away from the duty to convey a strong message to the government. Besides the provincial capital the YDA also staged protest demonstrations in other cities of the province including Rawalpindi, Faislabad, Gujrat, DG Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Multan and Sargodha.

Led by YDA president Dr Ajmal Ch, Dr Al-Tamash, Dr Saud and Dr Khuzaima, doctors from Children’s Hospital and Lahore General Hospital blocked Ferozepur Road.

Doctors from Mayo Hospital, Dental Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital staged a protest on The Mall. YDA general secretary Dr Tajammal Butt, Dr Matloob, Dr Usman Maan, Dr Arshad and Dr Abid led the protesting doctors.

Dr Javed Aheer, Dr Ehsan Lali, Dr Khurram Shahzad and Dr Abu Bakar Gondal led the protesting doctors from Jinnah Hospital and Sheikh Zayed Hospital on the Canal Bank Road.

However, Punjab Health Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik has said that Punjab government accepted all genuine demands of young doctors and most of their demands had also been fulfilled.