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Patients suffer as YDA strike continues on 11th day

Patients suffer as YDA strike continues on 11th day
August 11, 2017
LAHORE (92 News) – Hundreds of patients continue to suffer as outdoor and indoor wards in all hospitals across the province remained closed as the strike of Young Doctors Association (YDA) entered the 11th day on Thursday. The Young Doctors Association (YDA) continued its strike at Out Patients Departments (OPDs) and indoor wards of hospitals for the 10th consecutive day today across Punjab. The Punjab government had terminated at least 100 protesting doctors across the province. The YDA said that the government and Health Department were using delaying tactics instead of resolve the issues. The young doctors’ 72 hours ultimatum to stop work in emergencies of the all hospitals across Punjab is ending today at 3pm. Meanwhile, patients were the ultimate sufferers of the standoff between the government and young doctors due to closure of medical services at major government hospitals. The strike by the young doctors has left hundreds of poor patients from far flung areas to suffer at many health care facilities across Punjab. Large number of poor people who had come from far-flung areas for treatment had to suffer due to strike by the young doctors. The Young Doctors’ Association (YDA) had staged a protest demonstration and strike in favor of their demands. The convoys of doctors from across the province had reached Lahore to participate in a Young Doctors’ Association (YDA) protest. The doctors of the association had demanded that the provincial health secretary, Najam Ahmad Shah, be removed from his position and the Central Induction Policy, introduced by him, be revoked.