KP health reform and violence (2).
Byline: Jahangir Khan - Chakai, Kohistan Lower
THE incident involving the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan triggered a protest by doctors, causing suspension of all services at public health facilities across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Suspension of services at government hospital OPDs by doctors is not something new in KP.
Workers unions in every public sector department have always resisted policy changes made by the government even if these changes were in public interest.
The Young Doctors' Association has halted services in OPDs to oppose government health policy, showing utter indifference to public suffering.
They should put their demands to policymakers through proper channels.
Throwing eggs on a senior professor is against Pakhtun traditions, and beating up a doctor is unlawful.
Stopping services in OPDs on a strike call from doctors' union across the entire province is unethical.
The government needs to take strict action against such doctors.