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Earlier, a patient named Abdul Rehman, 30, and Saima, 20, also died as the doctors boycotted the emergency ward and the OPD —Photo by Shameen Khan
Earlier, a patient named Abdul Rehman, 30, and Saima, 20, also died as the doctors boycotted the emergency ward and the OPD —Photo by Shameen Khan

KARACHI: A neurosurgery patient at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center died at the hospital Thursday, after the protests at the hospital entered their second day.

This is the third patient to die at the hospital in the past two days. The man named, Mohammad Rizwan, was admitted at the neurosurgery ward number 6 of the hospital yesterday, waiting to be operated upon. But due to the protest at the hospital, his operation was postponed, resulting in his death today.

Earlier, a patient named Abdul Rehman, 30, and Saima, 20, also died as the doctors boycotted the out patients department and the emergency ward.

Since Tuesday, the JPMC doctors’ association is protesting against the hospital administration and demanding the removal of Dr Seemin Jamali and Dr Tasneem Ahsan from their posts.

The protesters are also demanding that the hospital administration must be transferred to the province.

While executive director Tasneem Ahsan was not available for a comment, executive director of emergency ward, Dr Seemin Jamali said the “protests reek of some people forcing their own agenda”.

“They (protesting doctors) have ransacked the department and are harassing us for the past two days. Is this the way to go about it?” Dr Jamali asked.

Some doctors are still sitting outside the director’s office, she said.

Yesterday, two protesting doctors were injured in a scuffle with Rangers personnel.

Moreover, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) while condemning the incident in a press conference yesterday said that since the day the Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) was announced, “some people are hell bent on causing trouble.”

Apart from that, the hospital administration since its devolvement with the Sindh government has seen a number of protests on its premises as it would rather be with the federal government.

In the midst of calls for protests and violence, the patients admitted at the hospital continue to suffer, while their family members wait for some semblance of normalcy to return to the hospital.

Comments (19) Closed

Ashfaq Jun 06, 2013 02:15pm

It is not just the protest by the hospital staff alone that should be made responsible but also the whole streets and roads hijacking by MQM be made responsible as well.

Fida Sayani Jun 06, 2013 02:23pm

This takes me back to early eighties when my uncle who was hit by a truck, when brought to Jinnah hospital, the doctors on duty refused to treat him. The family members pleaded with the doctors on duty and even reminded of them their oath. But the doctors were so adamant that they ignored the pleas. End result my uncle died in the hospital. I strongly suggest that doctors on duty, when the three patient died, should be tried for murder.

mulana diesel Jun 06, 2013 02:44pm

no doubt the doctors are protesting in a very wrong way but the politicians need to stop manipulating hospitals by posting people of their liking that are highly incompetent , prime example is Dr Umer Ayub of Khyber teaching hospital , highly incompetent and corrupt still holding the post of chief executive.

ali Jun 06, 2013 03:34pm

shame on these young doctors with no ethics and have blood on your hands,,,..... ban them for good....bringing bad name to this worthy profession......

Kash Jun 06, 2013 04:04pm

Very Sad. politics above human life. A perfect demonstration of a third world country mentality.

Asif Jun 06, 2013 04:15pm

This is the lot that should be the most compassionate and civilized. These are the brightest of our society and it so disappointing to see them behave like this.

Afif Jun 06, 2013 06:09pm

@Asif: How are they brightest in the society? Not every doctor is a graduate from King Edward or RMC. I know some doctors from NWFP that are 'not so smart'.

M Jun 06, 2013 06:30pm

In country where people treated like animal, young men and women died due to negligence of doctors show really good picture of Pakistan. If you have money you will treated like HUMAN if not

khan Jun 06, 2013 06:41pm

this is the most educated people and look the way they are behaving i think supreme court need to intervene in this case

Fahad Jun 06, 2013 06:46pm

The so-called literate portion of our crowd. Protesting at the cost of innocent peoples' lives is not acceptable in any case and situation. The protestors are turning out to be more incompetent, unfair and illiterate than the ones whom they are protesting against.

The issues are administrative and could be negotiated. I do not understand why in Pakistan protesting in this manner has become the only outcome of any problem.

Couldn't they just function by rejecting those individuals as their bosses?

a Jun 06, 2013 07:08pm

This is so shameful. Doctors are regarded with respect in Pakistan (I know cause my father was a doctor) and they are ending up having blood on their hands. I strongly agree that any doctor observing a strike, whose actions result in a death of a patient, be tried for murder case and should be strictly punished. It seems like we will never be able to move beyond the third world category.

Assad Jun 06, 2013 08:16pm

These doctors don't deserve any respect. They only deserve the boot of a dictator on their behind to keep them in line. Our nation is a callous, inhumane one and nothing shows it more than the attitude of these so called "care givers". What a bunch of selfish, uncaring thugs!

Assad Jun 06, 2013 08:15pm

@Ashfaq: Please spare the MQM! Every single problem is lumped at their heads. Did MQM tell the doctors to go on strike and not treat patients?

Najamuddin Jun 06, 2013 09:31pm

The protesting doctors should be booked under the murder charge of the deceased patients.

Ashfaq Rauf Jun 07, 2013 04:56am

Doctors should be declared as a essential service and pass a legislation "if doctors in emergency department boycotted and a patient dies, they should be criminally charged. Doctors supposed to be life savors not life takers. White coat black art thats what most of the doctors in Pakistan are.

Ash Mirza (USA) Jun 07, 2013 05:33am

JPMC Doctor's protesting and sofar 3patient died and somany are suffering. In my opinion Mr. Nawaz Shariff look in to this matter very seriously and lock the responsible Dr's .. Also pass the NEW LAW No Hospital emploees allow to protest. If Dr's need more money than they should work part time in clinic and make some extra money. make sense?? Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA)

Ash Mirza (USA) Jun 07, 2013 05:37am

@Fida Sayani: I agree with you 100% Hope new government of Nawaz Shariff take serious action. Sincerely , Ash Mirza (USA)

TKhan Jun 07, 2013 04:52pm

I din't mean to be crude on this sad news, but to us foreign readers it was a surprise to know that J P Morgan Chase is now a hospital!

Saz Jun 08, 2013 08:59pm

Wonder what made there Drs to go on strike, why do we push our best and brightest to the level that they need strikes to get their demands heard. I will always hold those in power responsible that they have let things come to this sad pass.