LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Thursday stayed termination of the seven house officers who were working in General Hospital on contract basis and allowed them to continue their services.

Justice Shujat Ali Khan passed the orders on the petition moved by Muhammad Aleem, Fatima Khan, Arsalan Aftab, Hassan Raza, Asima Hanif, Ayesha Farhat and Asad Iftikhar who challenged their dismissals. The petitioners submitted the provincial government had appointed 62 doctors as house officers for one year contract. However, the government had abolished these posts and started termination of the house officers, they contended adding the government had ordered their removal as well as 55 others on the grounds of shortage of funds.

He alleged the government intended to make fresh appointments on favoritism basis. The petitioners requested the court to restrain the government from terminating them. The court accepted their plea and stayed the termination. The court also issued notice to the Punjab health secretary, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and General Hospital medical superintendent for September 4.

YDA protest schedule

The Young Doctors Association (YDA) President Dr Javed Aheer has announced schedule of protest for their demands including service structure.

He said while talking to media at General Hospital that the protest would be held in phases till acceptance of legitimate demands. In the first phase, he said, rallies will be held outside hospitals in Lahore. Dr Amir Bandesha, Dr Rai Ahmad, Dr Shabbir Ch, Dr Abubakr Gondal, Dr Basharat Gill and Dr Rana Arif were also present.

Dr Aheer said the YDA would start holding rallies in other cities if the government failed to accept demands within one week. He said the LGH doctors would hold rallies on the Ferozepur Road on Friday and Saturday. He said YDA will take out rallies on Jail Road on Monday, from Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, Services Hospital on Wednesday, Mayo Hospital on Thursday, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Friday and Jinnah Hospital on Saturday.