With both the Young Doctors Association (YDA) and the Health Department not showing any flexibility, the Pakistan Medical Association (Punjab chapter) has called a meeting of representative bodies of 36 districts on Sunday (tomorrow) to decide whether to support or oppose the ongoing strike.
Holding the government responsible for the prevailing situation, a spokesman of the YDA Punjab Dr Aftab said that the Health Department was not taking notice of the strike, which was an injustice to the patients. He further said that the high-ups would have to face the consequences if they continued ignoring the strike and if they did not hold talks with the YDA. “The YDA General Council would soon meet to devise the future course of action,” he informed.
On Friday, young doctors forcibly stopped seniors from attending patients to press for their demand of revised service structure. The denial of medical advice at OPDs caused the patients to go to nearby private clinics for treatment.