KP doctors end strike for two days at Lady Reading Hospital

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Staff Report

PESHAWAR

The Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar is now open on Monday and Tuesday as protesting doctors of on Monday announced a two-day end to their strike at the Lady Reading Hospital.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Doctors’ Council in a statement on Monday said the decision was made after considering the problems being faced by the patients.

The doctors, who have been on a strike for the past six days, are expected to meet KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on his invitation on Tuesday.

“We believe in dialogue. We respect the chief minister’s offer for talks and this is why we will go and meet him,” the statement reads.

“We will resume our duties on Monday (today) and Tuesday at LRH but the doctors will continue their strike peacefully in remaining hospitals of KP,” said the statement.

“We feel the patients are facing problems because of the strike but we will not tolerate any kind of torture on doctors and privatisation of hospitals under any condition,” added KP Doctors’ Council.

The issue came to a head on May 14 when during a high-level meeting, Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) Surgery Assistant Professor Dr Ziauddin Afridi clashed with LRH Board of Governors Chairman Dr Nawsherwan Burki after the latter to refused to hear the former.

Dr Afridi then allegedly hurled some eggs at Dr Burki and a scuffle ensued. Later, the K-P Health Minister Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan and some of his guards allegedly cornered Dr Afridi in the KTH corridor and beat him up. It prompted a protest by the doctors against the high-handedness of the provincial minister and sought Dr Hisham and Dr Burki’s resignation.

Subsequently, doctors boycotted their duties at the OPDs of hospitals across the province.