Police baton charge protesting doctors, 10 arrested


Peshawar June 13 (TNS): Police on Tuesday baton charged young doctors after they attempted to close down wards and outpatient department (OPD) of Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar.

As the protesting doctors attempted to close down wards, the OPD and the operation theatre, the police personnel in full gear leapt on them, hitting them with batons and rounded up at least 10 doctors.

The doctors tried to talk to the hospital administration but the police stopped them at the main gate and pushed them back by baton charging them.

The protesting doctors said that when PTI chief Imran Khan could protest why couldn’t they.

Young Doctor Association President Dr Gulab Noor Afridi questioned the police if Imran could protest in Red Zone in Islamabad then why couldn’t the doctors protest outside the hospital’s lawn?.

He said that protest was their constitutional right adding that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police were much worse than the ‘Gullu Butts’ of Lahore. Later, Dr Afridi was also detained by the police.

Earlier, the YDA protested outside the Lady Reading Hospital and have set up a hunger strike camp near Sooriya Pul.

The young doctors, representing house officers (HOs) and trainee medical officers (TMOs), have been protesting and had earlier suspended all types of services at the Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad for more than a week. These doctors first paralysed health services at the two tertiary care hospitals of Peshawar — Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) — before aiming their guns at the Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) in Peshawar.

The young doctors’ demands include monetary compensation for the slain doctors, no political interference in the hospitals, time-scale promotions and professional allowances.