PESHAWAR - The Young Doctors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday announced boycott of their duties in all major teaching hospitals and tertiary healthcare centres across the province from today (Saturday).

While speaking at a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club, President, Young Doctors Association (YDA) Dr Zubair said that KPK health minister and authorities concerned had assured them to implement the proposed service structure within three-month during their previous protest drive. But despite the assurance, he said the incumbent provincial government failed to enforce the proposed service structure, as delaying tactics were being used in this regard.

Flanked by the association other office-bearers, including Dr Zahid, Dr Ismail, Dr Hamid, and Dr Jawad, he said that due to non-implementation of proper service structure, a sense of uncertainty spread among the young doctors. He informed that they had given a comprehensive draft for their proposed service structure that would cater to the current requirements of health facilities at tertiary health units.

Similarly, Dr Zubair said that recommendations were also been given for up-gradation and promotion of doctors in the proposed service structure, and it was suggested to create maximum vacancies at major teaching hospitals for qualified candidate of FCPS-I and II. Following the indifferent attitude of the government and authorities concerned of health department, he said the community decided to observe complete boycott from performing duties at Out-Patients Department (OPD's), Operation Theater (OT's) and in-door patient care units from today (Saturday), except emergency cover to patients. The association president said that their protest would be continued till the fulfilment of their demand and urged the government to avoid any arousing hardships for ailing people in wake of their strike.