Punjab doctor’s strike enters eight day, calls off in-door strike in solidarity with Lahore blast
LAHORE: Grand Health Alliance of Punjab doctors continued their protest today for the eighth day across all government hospitals against the Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Reform Act.
According to details, paramedical staff and nurses shut down the out-patient departments (OPD) 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.
However, the doctors’ association called off their strike for the in-door services of the hospital in solidarity with the victims of Lahore suicide blast, in which 11 people were martyred outside the Data Darbar shrine on Wednesday.
The outpatient department (OPD) at hospitals across Punjab remain closed due to the YDA strike causing problems for patients.
The YDA has said that the strike at OPDs will continue till the acceptance of their demands. Their demands include stopping of the alleged privatisation of hospitals and implementation of MTI act, an announcement of the service structure and provision of security to doctors.