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Published:April 8th, 2011 12:30 EST
Doctors Protest Ends after Meetings with Government

Doctors Protest Ends after Meetings with Government

By Ernest Dempsey

The protesting doctors, asking for a substantial raise in salaries, announced ending their strike on Thursday (07 April , 2011) after holding meetings with the Law Minister of Punjab, Rana Sanauallah, and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.


The popular newspaper The Nation reports that the call to ending the strike came after the meetings without any demands of the doctors being accepted by the government. The doctors are said to have returned to their jobs.


In the 37 days, while the doctors had stopped seeing patients, even those in emergency conditions, over 60 patients fell dead, including several young children, due to non-availability of treatment at hospitals. The Lahore High Court (LHC) is reported to have reproved the provincial government for not taking action against the Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad due to his failure in managing the healthcare crisis in the province.   


Meanwhile, the provincial council of the PAKISTAN Medical Association (PMA) has welcomed the doctors decision of ending the strike. The council has demanded of the Chief Minister to ensure fair appointments of doctors, based on merit and seniority.