Patients suffer as JPMC doctors go on strike

Karachi: At least two patients were died and some 100 operations were cancelled in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre JPMC as its doctors went on strike for an indefinite period on Tuesday, said hospital sources.

The doctors were protesting against transfer of JPMC Doctors Association General Secretary Dr Sikander Hayat when personnel of law enforcement agencies LEA resorted to baton charge to disperse them. Two doctors, Dr Sikander and Dr Usman, were injured in the incident. Following the incident the doctors strongly protested and boycotted their duties.

A large number of patients admitted in different wards of JPMC faced great difficulties due to the strike.

All emergency wards in the hospital, however, remained open on Tuesday whereas the medical staff was unavailable at OPDs. The strike forced to cancel scheduled operations and affected routine issues.

The protesting doctors demanded JPMC’s affiliation with Sindh Medical University SMU and change of the hospital administration. However, Secretary Health Depart Sindh Dr Suresh Kumar met with the doctors at JPMC and assured that management of JPMC will be changed within the 24 hours.

Sources said, two patients, including a girl were died and around 100 operations were cancelled in JPMC after the boycott of doctors. Approximately 5000 patients visit the JPMC on daily basis for getting medical treatment.

A spokesman of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association PIMA has strongly condemned the torture of JPMC doctors and demanded to the federal government immediately take the notice of issue.

Pakistan Medical Association PMA office bearers said brutal handling of doctors by the Rangers at JPMC is not acceptable. They demanded strict action from the CM Sindh and authorities and to bring the responsible to the task.

Treasurer Pakistan Medical Association PMA Centre Dr. S. M. Qaisar Sajjad said JPMC incident is matter of grave concern for medical community and this issue should be resolved on table rather than on streets.

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