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Calling a fresh strike for an indefinite period, (Angry) Young Doctors’ Association cheerleaders for the Lahore North to Lahore South chapters have strongly criticised the government, in particular, and the health department, in general, for not giving them any solid (or otherwise) excuse to go on a strike in the last one week.
Addressing a press conference outside the Mayo Hospital’s emergency on Monday, several young adult activists of the (Angry) Young Doctors’ Association announced resuming the strike after a gap of one week. Their last strike continued for 30 days for the acceptance of a charter of demands. Their demands included the removal of all medical superintendents of Lahore hospitals. When the health minister accepted their demand, they came up with the demand of the removal of newly-appointed medical superintendents.
The health minister instantly and happily accepted their new demand too, and the new medical superintendents were removed within four hours of their posting. The instant acceptance of their demands, however, offended the young adults, and they turned against the minister. Within 24 hours, they locked all hospitals and demanded the removal of the health minister.
They also put the condition that the minister not be removed instantly rather the government initiate dialogue with them. When the government also agreed to start dialogue with them, the old practitioner of strikes boycotted dialogue for the reason that the government did not know the art of lingering strike issues. After rounds of dialogues, the association called off strike last week but only to resume it after one week.
This time, the cause for their strike is that there is no reason for the strike.
“The association condemns the government for accepting our all demands, and trying to create a crisis in our ranks by sending us back to hospital wards,” said the association president, who did his last medical duty six months ago.
“Strike is our basic right; patients should also go on strike,” he thundered.
A group of senior doctors condemned frequent strikes by the (Angry) Young Doctors’ Association, saying that in their absence, senior doctors had to attend patients.
“Young doctors should never go on strike. They should know when they reach senior cadre, they will have lots of time for rest,” the group said with one voice.
The group, however, soon retracted the statement after young adults threatened them with reaction.
The health minister was ready to comment on the strike, but she said her instant reaction might anger the young lot, so she was delaying her statement.