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Doctors climb down


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WHAT was always a case fit for emergency treatment is finally getting the right kind of attention from those who can help provide a remedy.

The Young Doctors Association in Punjab has climbed down from its position and appears more likely than at any other time in recent weeks to enter into decisive negotiations with the thus far unyielding Shahbaz Sharif government. The change in the YDA stance has come after the provincial government shot down an impossible Rs423bn ser-vice structure package proposed by the doctors. Clearly, the young medics at Punjab hospitals who have developed a habit of staying away from work in recent years at the risk of public censure had stretched it a bit too far this time. By asking for the moon they exposed themselves to a strong and reasonable counterargument by the government.

Another factor that raises hopes for some kind of compromise is the alliance between the YDA and Pakistan Medical Association, a platform senior doctors work from. The YDA has in recent times widened the scope of its demands to cover the senior doctors also. This strategy brought the young doctors closer to the seniors who had so far kept away from the former’s protest. The alliance between the YDA and PMA has given the doctors’ movement a more comprehensive look, and in the process, it has provided the young doctors’ drive with the cool, thinking heads it was so far accused of lacking for a workable solution. These senior doctors must now try and mediate a careful compromise between the young doctors and the government. It is not an easy task but it is one that can only be delayed at the cost of thousands of patients who turn up at government hospitals each day for want of an option.

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loneliberalpk Jul 05, 2012 06:04pm
Nope, nothing unbiased about this piece. Absolutely nothing.
farhanshahidkhan Jun 27, 2012 12:12am
They will not listen. They do not know how to treat patients and only know how to blackmail government. Shame on young docs.
noshi Jul 06, 2012 05:03pm
its not the exact situation.... u people even cant imagine the toughness of a doctor's duty.... they are not asking extra money from govt... they have been asking for service structure for their profession..... govt and media are projecting the wrong image of doctors community,,, as they had done in case of lawyers, pcs officers,, matric students,, n school teachers......... n our civil society is that much dumb that they dont even try to know the truth about any news released on news channels...... is any one of you had ever listened to the doctor's problems..??