OPDs in govt hospitals remain closed against MTI Act for 5th in Punjab
LAHORE (92 News) – The Out Patient Departments (OPDs) remained closed in all government hospitals due to the strike of doctors, nurses and paramedics against the Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Reform Act across the province.
Patients and their attendants coming from far-off areas faced difficulties for treatment due to closure of the OPDs.
On the other hand, the Nurses Alliance continued their protest for their demand for 8th day in Karachi. They announced to besiege the Sindh CM House if their demands were not fulfilled.
YDA Punjab Chairman Dr Shoaib said that MTI was a law against the interests of the medical and paramedical staff which would also hike the healthcare facilities. He added it would cause severe financial constraints to the employees and expressed that their strike would continue unless MTI was taken back.
The MTI Act would affect regular medical and paramedical staff only. Further, the contract based employment would also be enforced phase wise in hospitals after the imposition of the act.
The act would enforce an affordability-based programme for healthcare facilities. The system would be divided into three categories under which the first one of which includes patients from impoverished backgrounds, the second category would include low-income patients and the third category includes patients who head to the government hospitals despite belonging to affluent backgrounds.