LAHORE – Young doctors closed down OPDs of public sector hospitals across the country, including the City, on the 11th consecutive day on Friday, causing huge inconvenience to the visiting patients who were left with no other option but to go to nearby private clinics for treatment.

The protesting medics staged a demonstration outside Jinnah Hospital to press for their demand of revised service structure. Carrying placards and banners inscribed with the demand of notification of revised service structure, the protesting doctors raised slogans against the government.

Disowning the strike of young doctors, the PMA and different doctors’ organisations, however, supported the demands, saying that the community should be given proper service structure.

Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club, office bearers of the PMA and other organisations said that the doctors had stopped giving free treatment to VIP patients in wards to press for the demand of revised service structure.

They announced to hold demonstrations outside press clubs across the province if the demand was not met. They also advised the government to avoid taking any action against protesting doctors because it could infuriate the entire community.

Doctors closed down OPDs of public sector hospitals, adding to the woes of visiting patients and their attendants. The visiting patients and their relatives cursed the doctors for denying them treatment, saying doctors were violating medical ethics and bringing a bad name to such a noble profession.