Doctors suspended services in Balochistan as protest against arrests, baton charge
Young Doctors Association (YDA) had given call of strike
By Our Staff Reporter
QUETTA: The doctors in Balochistan on Tuesday observed strike in government-run hospitals as a protest against doctors’ arrests and baton charge by police. The doctors suspended their services in civil hospital, Bolan medical hospital and other government-run hospitals in Quetta and other parts of the province. “We want strict action against police officers responsible for beating protesting doctors in Quetta”, Dr. Yasir Achakzai, President YDA told Quetta Voice.
Patients remained the worst sufferers of doctors strike in Quetta as the doctors refused to provide services in hospitals. The doctors had taken out a rally on Monday to mount pressure on the government to provide personal protective equipment.
The Spokesman government of Balochistan, Liaquat Shahwani, however, said the government had ordered the release of doctors arrested by police during a protest demonstration in Quetta. However, the Spokesman YDA, Dr. Rahim Babar told Quetta Voice, “we will not come out of police stations until our demands are met”.
Talks between provincial ministers including Zahoor Buledi and Zamarak Achakzai and young doctors failed with regard to bringing an end to the strike in the province.