Committee constituted to negotiate with protesting doctors

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STAFF REPORT

Lahore

The Punjab government has constituted a five-member high-powered committee for negotiations with the protesting doctors of the teaching hospitals of the province.

The step was taken some three weeks after the strike by the public hospital doctors and paramedic staff, against the enforcement of the Medical Teaching Institutions Ordinance.

Headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sardar Ajaz Ahmad Khan Jaffar, the committee has been assigned the task of hearing the grievances of the doctors, nurses and paramedics, to identify their reservations, objections and amendments proposed in the MTI Ordinance.

Committee would discuss the matter in detail and would call another meeting, inviting the representatives of the protesting employees for negotiations.

On the other hand hearing a public interest petition against the strike by young doctors, the Lahore High Court  directed the provincial secretary for specialised healthcare and medical education department to ensure provision of uninterrupted health service to the public at the government-run hospitals.

Earlier, petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique argued that fundamental rights of the citizens were being infringed upon due to inaction of the respondent secretary and the protest activities of the Young Doctors Association (YDA).