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Health Department is in shock for DHQ Gujranwala incident:Special Secretary Health

Lahore: Special Secretary Health Punjab Babar Hayat Tarar has said that the tragic incidents occurred in District Headquarter Hospital Gujranwala last day are highly condemnable and against the sanctity of medical profession, upon which he is deeply shocked. He said that legal action is being taken against the doctors involved in this incident. He said that Health Department has been brought under Compulsory Service Act under which all doctors and staff are bound to perform their duties. He said that strict disciplinary action will be taken under this Act against those doctors who violate the law.

He expressed these views during a press briefing at District Headquarter Hospital Gujranwala today. DCO Gujranwala Najam Ahmed Shah, CPO Abdul Razzaq Cheema and MS DHQ Hospital Anwar Aman were also present on the occasion.

Babar Hayat Tarar said that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure provision of medical facilities to the people. He reiterated that government will fulfill its responsibilities and no one will be allowed to create hindrances in the provision of medical services to the people. He said that despite a strike call by Young Doctors Association, medical facilities are being provided in outdoor and indoor wards of the hospitals throughout the province and the doctors posted in these wards are also performing their duties.

Special Secretary Health said that government had accepted all genuine demands after negotiations with Young Doctors Association, Medical Teachers, Specialist Doctors, General Medical Cadres and Members of PMA. He further said that Civil Servants Act also applies on officers of Health Department and under this Act all doctors are also civil servants and they are bound to observe this Act.

Therefore, doctors are not allowed to work like a trade union, he added. Babar Hayat Tarar said that he is deeply shocked over the clash between Young Doctors Association and journalists and expressed sympathies with the journalists injured during this incident. He said that government will provide all possible treatment facilities to them and also ensure security to the doctors working in the hospitals.

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