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Muhammad Qasim
Friday, April 20, 2012
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Rawalpindi: The Young Doctors Association, Punjab Chapter, has called off strike on Thursday evening and announced that the young doctors would perform duties as per routine in the outpatient departments of the public sector hospitals of the province from today (Friday).


The strike was called off after a successful meeting of the YDA Punjab representatives with the Punjab Health Secretary, Arif Nadeem, and leadership of the ruling PML-N in Punjab including Khawaja Salman Rafiq, Rana Sanaullah, Zulfiqar Khosa and Senator Pervez Rashid. Dr Nasir Bukhari led the 16-member YDA Punjab delegation.


The young doctors went on strike in OPDs of hospitals in almost all major cities of the province including Rawalpindi on the call of YDA Punjab on Monday demanding cancellation of transfer orders of their colleagues, revision of their service structure and allocation of at least five per cent of the total GDP for the health sector. The YDA, Punjab Chapter has alleged that the provincial government has ordered transfers of over 600 doctors including postgraduate trainees and senior medical officers to peripheries particularly targeting the leadership of the YDA.


“The YDA has decided to call off strike after assurance given to the YDA delegation that the government has cancelled transfer orders,” said Chairman YDA Punjab General Council Dr. Muhammad Haroon while talking to ‘The News’.


He said that the government has also formed a committee comprising PML-N leaders and representatives of the YDA, Punjab Chapter that would finalise proposal of revision of service structure of doctors serving under the provincial government within a month. Dr Haroon said that young doctors would serve as per routine in outpatient departments of all public sector hospitals of the province from Friday (today) morning.