Young doctors, provincial govt continue deadlock

QUETTA: The deadlock between young doctors and the provincial government in Balochistan continues, due to which patients are being humiliated in severe cold.

In the wake of the ongoing deadlock between the provincial government and young doctors, the patients are facing severe problems in Balochistan. Three months have passed since the strike shut down OPDs and indoor services in government hospitals, leaving children, the elderly, and women unwell.

The strike by the young doctors in government hospitals across Balochistan is forcing patients to seek medical aid through private hospitals offering expensive treatments. 

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According to Baaghi TV reports, a few days ago the protesting young doctors tried to enter the red zone following which the police officials arrested approximately 20 doctors and charged batons at them. Meanwhile, six policemen were injured during contact. 

It may be recalled that the strike of young doctors and paramedical staff in different districts of Balochistan including Quetta has been going on for several days. Yesterday, Provincial Health Minister Syed Ehsan Shah while addressing a press conference at Circuit House Dalbandin said that the protest of young doctors is beyond comprehension. Charging doctors with batons is not the answer, but maintaining law and order is the responsibility of the government.

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The Health Minister said that a committee has been formed to consider the demands of young doctors. Despite the formation of the committee, it is unjustifiable to hold a sit-in on the red zone and not perform their duties. He added that apart from increasing the salaries, the govt is ready to accept all the demands of the young doctors. Raising the salaries of doctors will put a burden of Rs. 7 billion annually on the exchequer.

Syed Ehsan Shah said that Balochistan is economically weak, we cannot increase the salaries equal to other provinces. He said that the govt is trying to find a middle ground to end the protest of the young doctors. The provincial health minister further said that at the district level, deputy commissioners and DHOs could procure medicines, adding that the medical store department is a corrupt entity thereby, the govt is withholding purchasing power.

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