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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Doctors protest in Punjab enters eight days, patients facing difficulties

LAHORE/RAWALPINDI, March 08 : The strike by young doctors across Punjab entered into eighth day on Tuesday as they are demanding increase in salaries but the worst sufferers are patients.

According to details, the protest demonstrations of young doctors across the Punjab including Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi continued on Tuesday for increase in their salaries. The protesting doctors set up protest camps outside the hospitals. They displayed banners and placards at the camps with inscriptions that work at OPD in all hospitals would remain suspended till their demands were met.

Some doctors were giving treatment to patients in the demonstration camps outside hospitals. The patients have been facing various hurdles for the last eight days due to closure of OPD of all hospitals across Punjab.

Many serious patients had seen lying outside OPD of hospitals and on grounds inside the hospitals. Angered relatives of the patients expressed their strong criticism at the extreme stands of the doctors and the government and said the suffers were poor patients. They also protested against doctors and administration in some hospitals including Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital in Rawalpindi.

They demanded the government to resolve the issue immediately for providing medical facilities to the patients.The routine duty of doctors in several teaching hospitals of the province including those in major cities has been badly affected by the strike.

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