Lahore:Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Rana Sanaullah Khan has said that service to the ailing humanity and provision of best medical facilities to the patients is the top priority of the Punjab government and it will not tolerate any impediment in this regard and would not compromise on the health of the citizens.
He expressed these views, after visiting Emergency Wards of Mayo Hospital and Jinnah Hospital, OPDs and ICU wards and the medical care being made available to the patients. Advisor for Health Kh. Salman Rafiq and Secretary Health Arif Nadeem accompanied him. Rana Sanaullah said that any young doctor, who will not report back to duty, would be proceeded against under the law. He asserted that Punjab government has overcome the situation, created by young doctors’ strike and patients are being looked after in hospitals in a routine manner. He thanked the senior doctors and doctors of Army Medical Corps, who are helping the people of Punjab, at a difficult time and he saluted their efforts.
The Minister announced that more than two thousand doctors would be inducted, through Public Service Commission within a day or two, which will further improve the situation. The Minister warned that the striking doctors do not deserve any sympathy, and those doctors who would join duty till evening will continue while the rest would be dismissed from service. He said that those who leave patients in critical condition do not deserve to be called doctors. He said no incident of torture on doctors has occurred in any hospital. He informed that, in some hospitals, young doctors have started reporting for duty, which is a welcome sign. The Minister said that, so far, 36 young doctors have been locked up for refusing to perform their duties. He said that negotiations are not being held for the release of doctors and Punjab government has a firm stance that young doctors should call off their unjustified strike unconditionally.