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Doctors to dealt under criminal laws: High Court

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Hearing a public interest petition against the strike by young doctors, the Lahore High Court on Thursday gives remarks that those Doctors who are on strike will be dealt under criminal law.

It is a criminal offence to went on strike during duty hours, Pakistan Medical Commission must take action against those who are still on strike, This is the negligence of health secretary that the matter is still not solved, the court said.

Young Doctors, Pakistan Medical Commission representatives were present during the hearing of the case.



Arguing in their favour the Doctors said that there is no strike in Out Patient Department(OPD), only the postgraduates trainees are on strike and they have right to go on strike while professional Doctors are not authorized to do so.

Court asked the health secretary if he convenience Doctors when he introduced Punjab Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Reforms, upon which Secetoray health replied that before making the Law all Doctors and Nurses were included in committee which agreed on the Law.

The court said in her remarks that the Law cannot be changed, Doctors should end this strike and go back to work as people are facing Dengue and smog issues, the court directed young doctors to give their writing to the court that they will end the strike.

The court was adjourned till next hearing.

What are the Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Reforms?

According to the Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Ordinance, the government hospitals shall be run by the Board of Governors (BoGs) which will consist of all members from the private sector.

The Board of Governors shall also have powers for the appointment of admin officials and appointment of senior faculty members. The post of principal shall be converted into Dean who shall be appointed by the Board of Governors for five years.

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