YDA calls off strike after Secretary Health assurance

KARACHI: The Young Doctors Association of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre on Monday called off strike after assurance from Secretary Health Sindh.

Earlier, House Job Officers and Postgraduate Doctors under the banner of Young Doctors Association continued their protest demonstration on fourth day outside the Najmuddin Auditorium against non-payment of their monthly stipends. The elective surgeries and OPD services also remained suspended on the account of protest by doctors.

The hundreds of patients who came to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) from Karachi and other parts of Sindh province had to return because the out-patient departments (OPDs) were closed on account of a protest by house officers and other doctors to demand pending salaries.

The protesting doctors also blocked the Rafiqui Shaheed Road for while and staged sit-in but law enforcement agencies compelled the doctors to stage protest in the premises of hospital.

Meanwhile, Executive Director, JPMC, Prof Anis Bhatti and other administrative officials while briefing the media persons, said protest demonstration of young doctors against the rule and regulation of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).

They said administration has reserved the right to cancel the registration of protesting demonstration. Later, negotiation between YDA representatives, JPMC administration and high ups of health department Sindh was held at Sindh Secretariat where young doctors called off their protest demonstration on the assurance of Secretary Health.

General Secretary, Young Doctors Association, Dr Yousuf confirmed that doctors had called off their protest demonstration after successful negotiations with secretary health, so doctors will resume their duties from Tuesday (today). He said doctors do not want to increase the miseries of patients.