The young doctors have at last made their peace with the Punjab government after talks with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday. The cost has been horrendous; newspapers are flooded with reports of patients in critical condition brought to the hospitals only left to suffer to the risk of their lives because of the strike, which even impacted the emergency wards. And nobody could dare ask them for help; the patients were in many cases rouged up. The roots of the current 14-day strike can be traced back to about a year-and-a-half ago when the Young Doctors Association demanded higher salaries and even though it was raised twice and demands relating to service structure were fulfilled, the YDA kept asking for more and more.

As strikes and protests had become a routine, of late they hid behind the smokescreen of better equipment and free medicines for the patients; the very patients they had left to rot and who knows the doctors might again desert them the moment new irritant crops up. Why make such a big deal of it when only a peaceful demonstration for free medicines could have been lodged. Credit, however, goes to the Punjab government that has yet again amicably managed to send the doctors back to the hospitals. A word of advice to the young doctors is that while they have all the right in the world to vent their anger over something they think is wrong, that they should not do by risking the lives of those they are meant to save.