File Photo: Young Doctors Association protesting at the main GPO Chowk Quetta leading to Chief Minister's House

CM forms committee for negotiations with YDA Balochistan

Health Desk :

QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has formed a committee to hold negotiations with protesting Young Doctors Association (YDA) Balochistan. “The four-member committee would hold negotiations with protesting doctors”, an official handout said.

The committee comprises former finance ministers, Mir Zahoor Buledi, Mir Naseebullah Marri, Asghar Tareen, and Malik Naseer Ahmed Shahwani. The committee would meet YDA office-bearers to bring an end to the ongoing strike in government-run hospitals.

Mr. Bizenjo has directed the committee to submit a report about the doctors’ protest within three days. Secretary Specialized Health, Noor Ul Haq Baloch, and Secretary Secondary Health, Aziz Ahmed Jamali will assist the committee with regard to solutions to issues faced by health professionals.

Patients worst sufferers of doctors strike

YDA Balochistan has been observing a boycott of OPDs for last more than a month to press the government for acceptance of their demands. Patients remained the worst sufferers of YDA’s ongoing boycott of OPDs. Only in Quetta, over 10,000 patients are deprived of medical treatment at civil hospital and Bolan Medical Complex Hospital (BMCH).

YDA has also been observing boycott of government-run hospitals across Balochistan. The protesting doctors have also demanded of the government to what they claim privatization of government hospitals in the province.

YDA welcomes the formation of a committee

In a statement, the YDA welcomed the formation of the committee. In a statement, the Spokesman YDA Dr. Kaleemullah Kakar however made it clear that his organization will not accept two secretaries of the health department as facilitators of the negotiations. Dr. Kakar termed both secretaries responsible for what he claimed current health crisis in Balochistan. No negotiations with the government committee in the presence of health secretaries, the YDA Spokesman announced. There was no immediate response from the government.

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