THE Hippocratic Oath is a pledge that every doctor takes to practice medicine ethically, honestly and to never turn away a patient without treatment or advice. Regretfully, the doctors of Balochistan are protesting on the abduction of eye specialist Dr Saeed Khan. The abduction has been slammed by our entire society.

The strike by the doctors has put the backward and socially ignorant masses of the ailing society in misery. In this regard, it is worthwhile to mention that kidnapping of doctors has become the most profitable business in Balochistan. This has exposed the provincial government.

But doctors have brushed aside their Hippocratic Oath by boycotting the emergency and OPD services. The patients are suffering because of this strike in the government hospitals. Doesn’t the family of the deceased have a right to ask for justice in cases when their patient died owing to lack of treatment in hospitals?

I request the doctors to call off the strike and abide by the oath they have taken for services to humanity because no one suffers more than patients owing to these strikes.

SHARIF KHAN Zhob

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