QUETTA: The government of Balochistan has decided to ban protesting doctors from hospitals and ordered them to vacant their official accommodations immediately, reported Aaj news on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Following the call from the authorities FC personnel were deployed outside public hospitals to avoid any untoward situation. Hospital emergency wards reopened after some of the doctors returned to their duties from strike.
With the doctors’ strike entering its 40th day, the provincial government has already suspended 80 protesting doctors, withholding their salaries and barring them from travelling abroad.
On the other side, doctors have announced to continue their strike in protest of the non-recovery of the abducted colleague Dr Saeed Ahmed Khan.
Following the approval of his bail petition by a session court in Quetta, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter President Dr Sultan Tareen spoke to media representatives and continued to assert that, suspensions, arrests, transfers and other similar tactics could not demoralise them.
Subsequently, the general body unanimously decided that the strike would continue until the doctors’ demands were acknowledged without any pressure.
Doctors in Balochistan went on a strike after Dr Saeed Khan, an eye specialist at the LRBT, was kidnapped on October 16.
Story first published: 27th November 2012