JPMC doctors protest again


Karachi: The doctors of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) on Monday once protest and boycotted OPD for some time against the incidents of harassment of doctors in hospital.

The thousands of patients who arrived from different areas faced great hardship, when doctors boycotted against Saturday incident in which some doctors were manhandled by some students backed by a political party. The Out Patient Departments (OPDs) were closed down by the protesting doctors, who demanded strict action against culprits involved in harassing doctors.

The OPDs remained shut for one and half hour in morning; however, Emergency and Casualties Ward remained open.

Joint Director JPMC Dr Seemi Jamali, when contacted, said law enforcement agencies (LEA) and hospital administration have asked the elements involved to restrain from violence, while doctors were also asked not to boycott OPD duties. She said same OPDs of hospital were closed for a while, but reopened soon after negotiations with doctors.

She said nobody would be allowed to take the law in hand in any circumstance. She said both doctors and students were the part of institutions and they should respect each other. She informed the matter now resolved after negotiation and doctors will perform routine duties on Tuesday.

It was pertinent to mention here that some student activists had misbehaved with senior doctor in orthopaedic ward-14 at JPMC on Saturday, saying they did not paid attention to their patient. Following the incident the doctors went on strike and also staged protest demonstration. They had closed down the accident & emergency ward of JPMC for an hour.

However, the Saddar police arrested the five accused involved in incident on same day and registered FIR against them.

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