LAHORE - A fresh wave of the brain drain of low paid, over-worked, waiting for promotions and afraid of section 302 PPC, doctors has started indicating acute shortage of these messiahs in the country in the time to come. A large number of doctors are visiting a local hotel where a Saudi delegation is engaged in hiring doctors for the kingdom against attractive salary package. Experienced and young doctors who are desperate about their future are now aspiring to have good days in future. A representative of the recruiting agency has said that Saudi Arabia requires unlimited number of doctors in different categories and interviews for these posts would continue by the next Saturday. The delegation is offering a minimum of 7,000 Saudi Riyals to maximum of 36,000 along with accommodation, four return tickets with family beside other facilities, he told. A number of senior doctors including Assistant Professor Cardiology, King Edward Medical University, Dil Muhammad, Assistant Professor, General Surgery, Azeem and Atta Ullah of Services Hospital and Assistant Professor General Surgery, Dr Yar Muhammad of King Edward University were seen standing in the queues waiting for their turn to appear for interview before the delegation. Doctors from Bahawalpur, Multan and Karachi were also seen waiting for better future. The interviews would continue in Islamabad from March 9, to 16. A doctor on the condition of anonymity told The Nation that he had been serving for last thirteen years but he was still working in grade 17 whereas he was entitled to be in grade 19 as Assistant Professor. Moreover he was drawing only Rs34,000 after a service of 13 years while the junior doctors recruited on contract basis has become senior and more paid doctors due to the poor health policies of the Punjab government. A senior doctor too seeking anonymity said that this brain drain would further aggravate shortage of medics in the country. He said attitude of the provincial government towards doctors was discouraging as government was planning to impose section 302 PPC in case of death of any patient being treated under his, her supervision against international standards as it was not being practiced anywhere across the world. Punjab chief minister has given a considerable increase in the salaries of the police officials who were involved in the torturing the people publicly but on the other hand doctors serving the ailing humanity were not being given any facility, an other doctor complained. He said salary of a medical officer in Punjab is less than that of a Motorway Police constable. An office-bearer of Young Doctors Association (YDA) said at present there was already shortage of the senior doctors, professors, assistant professors and medical officers in the province. He said if the Saudi delegation succeeded to pick the doctors, there would be severe shortage of the doctors to run the hospitals in the province. He said there were 291 vacant seats of professors and assistant professors across the Punjab in various medical institutions of the province. As per Pakistan Medical and Dental Council requirements there should be one house officer against every five beds and a medical officer for every three beds but here in Punjab these doctors were available for about every 15 beds.