LAHORE: The Medical Teachers Association Punjab and teachers’ bodies of all other medical colleges have adopted two resolutions.

The first resolution strongly condemned the unruly behavior of some junior doctors who misbehaved with Prof Akmal Laeeq of Mayo Hospital/KEMU and locked him up in his office. “We demand strict disciplinary action by KEMU VC and Health department. We also urge PMDC and CPSP to take notice of this incident and appropriate action against the culprits,” it read.

The second resolution said: MTA Punjab shows serious concern over the recent trend of doctors to consumer courts and award of heavy penalties. Healthcare Commission should intervene to safeguard patients and doctors’ rights.

CALL FOR legislation against

litigation: The Academic Council of Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore in its meeting held on Thursday expressed concern over the recent trend of taking members of medical community to consumer courts and subsequent award of heavy penalty. A press release issued with the signatures of Principal Prof. Mahmood Shaukat said that academic council passed a resolution which noted that a similar practice in past in the developed world has resulted in formation of medical protection society and insurance against litigation. All this cost has to be ultimately borne by the patient. –Staff Reporter

“This trend will also demoralize the doctor’s community and may promote the already prevailing brain drain and exodus of doctors from country”, said the resolution which also appealed to the government to initiate a process of legislation to safeguard the rights of patients as well as doctors. The resolution also expressed concern regarding an unfortunate incident which occurred at Mayo Hospital Lahore recently involving some junior doctors who misbehaved and locked up Prof. Laeeq Akmal in his office. The council also urged PMDC and CPSP to take notice of this incidence and initiate probe in order to take appropriate action against the culprits.––Staff Reporter