LAHORE: Patients continued to suffer at government-run hospitals across Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as doctors, paramedics and nursing staff’s strike continued on Tuesday.
On the call of Grand Health Alliance (GHA), doctors’ across Punjab continued their strike for the sixth consecutive day against privatisation of hospitals under the Punjab Medical Teaching Institutions (Reforms) Ordinance 2019.
All medical activities at the outpatient department (OPD), operation theatres, radiological and pathological services in mega teaching institutions remained closed.
On the other hand, the miseries of the poor patients are continuously increasing as the strike of doctors, paramedics, nursing staff and low-level non-technical staff, under the aegis of Grand Health Alliance (GHA), has entered the 20th day today in KP.
The provincial government has failed to resolve the ongoing crisis created by the continuous strike of the GHA.
Meanwhile, the protesting doctors have refused to enter talks with the provincial government until the fulfillment of their demands, including withdrawal of decision of privatisation of healthcare units, removal of Health Minister from his post and release of detained GHA members.
All the doctors, paramedics and nursing staff have stopped attending their duties in their respective hospitals.
Patients have been undergoing severe difficulties and criticised doctors and government for the standoff and blamed their misery on both.