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Doctors’ strike and deputy PM


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THIS is with reference to Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s statement regarding calling in army doctors in Punjab hospitals and collapsing of the provincial government.

I agree that the Punjab health department’s acceptance of young doctors’ unjust demands to cancel their transfers encouraged them to resort to the ‘protest’ culture. He is right in maintaining that there was no strike during his tenure and providing an ambulance service with 1,122 vehicles was his landmark project for the people of Punjab.

It is a fact that the deaths of more than two dozen patients due to strikes is unacceptable in any civilised society. Besides, all doctors must bear in mind that they are duty bound to save ailing humanity at all costs.

It is also a fact that senior doctors of hospitals did not turn up to cope up with the situation and rather showed sympathy with their junior colleagues.

The crackdown against the Young Doctors’ Association without any proper alternative arrangements is illogical and depicts mismanagement on the part of the provincial government. The civil society and media did not stand by the doctors and it was a ridiculous statement to befool the common man that the Pakistan Medical Association would not invite VIPs, MNAs and MPAs.

Everybody knows that the affluent, bureaucrats and people belonging to the power corridors do not go for treatment to public-sector hospitals. They prefer to go abroad for even minor ailments. A few months ago, the chief minister of Punjab went to Germany for his treatment.

It is also a fact that these doctors visit the bureaucrats at their homes for treatment, what to talk of their coming to public hospitals. It was a mistake of the previous Nawaz Sharif government to seek help of the army to trace out ghost schools and power thefts which eventually resulted in the army taking over the country.

I request doctors and the Government of Punjab to take steps leaving their ego behind to end this crisis in hospitals in public interest.


Unethical practices

WHILE the Punjab government should not have taken such hard action against young doctors, the latter also should have eschewed unethical practices.

If they feel that they are not being adequately paid, why don’t they just quit government jobs and get lucrative jobs in private hospitals? Why form unions and intimidate others into not doing their jobs or create unrest in other provinces as well? The market rule of ‘take it or leave it’ is not that difficult to understand, I suppose.

The only victim of the stubbornness of both doctors and the Punjab government are the poor who do not have the wherewithal to get treatment from private hospitals.

The doctors are not denying treatment to the rich in private hospitals. So they should not take revenge from the poor who can’t afford expensive treatment in private hospitals.

If they don’t like their government job, they should leave it, and let others do it. But they should not create unrest in Punjab and the rest of the country. We already have a lot of problems.


Comments (12) Closed

Azkaar baig Jul 06, 2012 08:26pm
Please check the YDAs demands and their grievences before exposing yourself here. Please try to know how intellectuals behave. YDA was forced to go to that extreme. They had been tolerating the lies and false promises of Shahbaz Sharief. I was a great support of these two brothers but now, sorry to say, they have lost my sympathy. Punjab Govt has done brutality. May Allah bless YDA and give them success in their justice based demands...Ameen.
Raja Jul 06, 2012 12:51pm
This Deputy PM post is a joke. Why a poor nation has so many ministers?
aaa Jul 06, 2012 12:53pm
Agree please donot write things if you dont know what the situation is. Preferably only doctors should write and comment. Its not only about the situation created at the moment its far more than this. What goes on in a govt. hospital with patients and doctor only ones working there know. You can see certain heading in a newspaper and react but what about the i million things a doctors does for a patient. And do you know why any patient atall dies due to the hundreds of diffrent things that lack in the system which doctors cover up because of their comptency. The day the doctors in a govt. hospital start doing ONLY their job and nothingelse in a govt. hospital half of the patients would be dead. So dont demand it.
farhanshahidkhan Jul 07, 2012 01:41am
hahaha civil disobedience movement. We all know what docs demands are and how frivolous they are. Please stop behaving as freedom fighters. For 60 years, equipment in public hospitals did not work, medicines were not available and patients were dying of neglect, you guys never protested. Now you only protest for your salaries and perks. Shame on you
sara Jul 06, 2012 10:38am
we r strong supporter of our colleagues.what govt has done with them we totally condemn that act of govt punjab.sara
Anonymous Jul 06, 2012 04:48pm
Doctors strike is for their rights and when the society doesn't care about the needs of the learned people there is not other way to go on strike and put the demands forward.
anonymous Jul 06, 2012 12:41pm
agree with you anonymous! there was no unrest ...all started when police raided our emergencies n hostels....we had to vacate them at 2 am.... would anyone like his daughter to work under suuch "secure" conditions?????
maryam Jul 06, 2012 01:52pm
yeah...our nation becomes fool in such type of situation..they only see what is in front and what media shows...ya wi bat ha his ka sath guzarti ha wo hi janta ha....when u face the situation then will understand doctors too..and last humanity is here bt no one frm other departments work without pay...aur work in these uncertain keep ur comments reserved......
Haseeb Khan Jul 06, 2012 01:18pm
Young doctors strike is the first phase of a "civil disobedience movement". Doctors had the option to stop working when they were pushed to the wall, so they are doing that and forcing every one to listen to their just demands. But when the laborers, and factory workers, and other oppressed people will get up against the government in a similar civil disobedience movement it will be impossible to stop them and will end in bloodshed in every street of our dear country. If the governments don't start listening to their oppressed working class, everything is likely to go in total chaos very soon.
safdar Jul 06, 2012 02:05pm
we have right and we r fighting for our legal rights...... plz if u do"nt know anything abt this situation than y u people r crying???? every thing was going right before the police raid...... CM and rana have done a big mistake.....
ghazanfar Jul 06, 2012 02:22pm
we support doctors...bcz they r fighting for their rights ...
anonymus Jul 06, 2012 08:58am
we dont need to explain fr what we r on strike n what we r demanding .. apnay mshwaray apnay pas hi rakhein when u dont knw even a single bit of the situation .. dont b philosphers