LAHORE – The Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab has announced to re-launch protest across the province for the revised service structure from September 5.

Addressing a press conference at Sheikh Zayed Hospital on Wednesday, YDA Punjab President Dr Hamid Butt made it clear that the association would not negotiate with the government until the fulfillment of medical community’s legitimate demand of notification of the revised service structure. Dr Abbas, Dr Amer Bandesha, Dr Khuzaima, Dr Maroof and Dr Masood Faisal were also present on the occasion.

Dr Hamid Butt said the government had failed to implement the Lahore High Court verdict regarding service structure for doctors despite lapse of two months. He maintained that the community was fighting for its rights for the past four years but the rulers only using delaying tactics.

Dr Butt said the young doctors would not surrender and continue to struggle for getting their due rights. He, however, said the protest would not disturb the process of provision of health care facilities to the patients at Emergency, OPD and Indoors of public sector hospitals.

“Young doctors would stage a sit-in outside public sector hospitals across the province on September 5 and the government would be responsible for the consequences if it tried to sabotage peaceful demonstration and sit-in,” Dr Butt warned. He further said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif could resolve the dispute but he was least interested in the problems of doctors and patients.

Also, levelling allegations of corruption and use of government medicines at private clinics, the YDA Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) has demanded suspension of the hospital’s medical superintendent and additional medical superintendent (admin), as well as an impartial inquiry.

Addressing a press conference at SGRH on Wednesday, Dr Waseem alleged that machinery worth millions of rupees was dysfunctional because of the management’s negligence. Dr Ali Dogar and Dr Hashhim Niazi were also present on the occasion.

Dr Waseem said free medicines lacked quality resulting in deterioration of the health of patients. He alleged that the management has not taken a single step in the past five years to improve this situation at the hospital.

According to the insiders, the young doctors are not happy with Medical Superintendent Dr Ijaz Sheikh after he constituted a committee to probe the incident of handing over a dead baby girl to the parents instead of a male newborn. Young doctors staged a demonstration outside the medical superintendent’s office for half an hour and chanted slogans against the hospital management.