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Young Doctors Association continues strike in Punjab.

LAHORE -- The Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Saturday continued its strike at Punjab government hospitals against the Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Reform Act.

OPDs at hospitals across Punjab are closed due to the YDA strike causing problems for patients.

The YDA is demanding that the strike at OPDs would continue till the acceptance of their demands which include stopping of the alleged privatisation of hospitals and implementation of MTI act, announcement of the service structure and provision of security to doctors.

Doctors and paramedical staff was absent from Lahore's Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Services and Shiekh Zaid hospitals.

OPDs at Faisalabad's Allied and Civil hospitals, Multan's Nishtar and Sargodha's DHQ hospitals were closed.

Patients coming to the government hospital are forced to visit private medical facilities due to the strike which the protesting doctors said would called off only if the government revokes the bill

Under the MTI Act, the public sector hospitals would be run by a board of governors and the civil service law would be abolished while doctors and paramedical staff would be inducted through a new service structure.

With the plan of implementing MTI Reforms Act, the government is planning to make hospitals as earning units instead of serving patients and doctors would not allow government to do so, said YDA President at BBH Dr. Rana Azeem while talking to 'The News' on Thursday.

He said the nurses and paramedics have joined hands with the doctors to restrict government from making treatment unaffordable for poor patients and the healthcare staff all across the province is on strike.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:May 5, 2019
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