Young doctors’ strike enters sixth day in Punjab
LAHORE: The protest of Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Tuesday entered sixth day against the Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Reform Act, ARY News reported.
The group of doctors has been protesting since May 2 at Punjab government hospitals.
Patients kept on suffering at the out-patient departments (OPDs) of all government-run hospitals in Punjab as paramedical staff and nurses shut down the OPDs of public hospitals in all major cities, including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, and Faisalabad, to protest the proposed privatisation of the government-run hospitals.
The YDA has said it won’t allow the government to privatise government hospitals and threatened to boycott emergency wards of the hospitals, if their demands are not met.
In February, doctors across Sindh also went on a strike for days to press the Pakistan People’s Party led government for a pay raise at par with their counterparts in Punjab.
Later, the protest was ended as the government announced to fulfill demands of the protesting doctors.