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Young doctors, nurses continue protest in Lahore

Young doctors, nurses continue protest in Lahore
November 11, 2016
LAHORE (92 News) – Young doctors and nurses continued their sit-in for the fourth consecutive day on the Mall Road on Thursday. Cases have been registered against young doctors who staged a sit-in outside CM House. The cases have been registered at Anarkali, Race Course and Civil Lines police stations. As many as 20 doctors have been nominated in three cases, while two cases have been registered against unknown doctors. Owing to the sit-in and blockage of The Mall and adjoining roads by the young doctors and nurses, the citizens are facing many problems. The YDA staged sit-in for the restoration of their colleagues including two doctors and a nurse who were sacked by the government for torturing the patients and their family members. The doctors were dismissed from duty for allegedly torturing a patient and his relatives on October 25. Earlier, a child and a cardiac patient have lost their lives for not receiving treatment as the emergency wards have been locked following the doctors’ protest. A one-and-a-half hour girl namely Sana, had been under treatment since October 27. Doctors refused her treatment due to the strike and as a result, she died. Attendants told 92 News that doctors and nurses were neither providing their loved ones treatment nor visiting the wards. Adviser to the CM on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique said that they would not accept unnecessary demands of doctors and nurses. The government had hired 30 doctors on ad hoc basis, while five protesting doctors have also returned to their duties. The government had completed arrangements to end the protest. A heavy contingent of the police with a water canon reached the site to deal with the protesters. Meanwhile, the Mayo Hospital MS has issued a termination notice to 15 house job doctors and 21 nurses. They have been asked to join the service till Thursday morning failing to which they will be sacked.