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Doctors stick to decision of suspending emergency services today, tomorrow Government considering to stop salaries of protesting "absentee" doctors from their duties in hospitals and other workplaces.

QUETTA -- The doctors remained stick to their decision of suspending the emergency services on 9th and 10th Muharram (today and tomorrow) in the public and private hospitals of Quetta and other parts of the province against non-implementation of their demands by the provincial government.

"We have decided to continue boycott of the emergency duties in the hospitals on 9th Muharram and Youme Ashour as a mark of protest as the government has not paid any heed towards our demands", stated the member of executive of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan, Dr. Shahzada while talking to the media persons here on Friday at the Sandeman Provincial Headquarter Hospital here after the general body meeting of the association.

The general body of PMA unanimously decided to continue to suspend the emergency services in the hospitals endorsing the decision earlier made by its core committee the other day.

The meeting reviewed different issues including torture on the doctors by the police during arrests, registration of cases against them, sealing of their private clinics as well as opening of the emergency services during Muharramul Haram.

The meeting decided to continue strike in the hospitals as long as the government withdraws the cases registered against doctors, opens their private clinics and stop harassing them.

It was also decided that the doctors' community would forge more unity among their ranks against what it termed "highhandedness" of the government with the protesting doctors.

It may be recalled here that the PMA's Core Committee had made the provision of emergency services in the public sector hospitals on 9th and 10th Muharramul Haram with withdrawal of the cases registered against the doctors as well as opening of their private clinics.

The meeting was unanimous over that if the government withdrew the cases against doctors and opens their private clinics which were sealed four days back, then the doctors could consider resuming emergency duties in the hospitals.

The PMA Balochistan has already announced to boycott the anti-polio campaign and the Prime Minister's programme for health in the province as a mark of protest against non-recovery of the kidnapped Dr. Saeed Khan and government's "action" against the protesting doctors.

Dr. Shahzada also announced to continue the doctors' strike in the public and private sector hospitals in future till the recovery of Dr. Saeed and acceptance of their other demands. He also strongly condemned the torture of the doctors at the hand of police.

He demanded an immediate action against the police officers involved in use of force against the "peaceful" protest lodged by the doctors.

The participants of the meeting regretted that the government instead of providing relief to the doctors, is taking "undue" action against the doctors' community. They also strongly condemned the torture of the doctors by police during their arrests.

While, in a latest development, it was learnt that the government is considering to stop the monthly salary of the doctors for the month of November in view of continuous "willful" absence of the doctors from their duties.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 24, 2012
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