PESHAWAR: At least three protesting doctors were injured on Wednesday when police baton-charged them during their strike at Hayatabad Medical Complex, a tertiary care facility in the city.
The issue erupted when the doctors entered the outpatient department — amid police resistance — to record their protest. The police wanted to stop them from entering the OPD as it was open for patients, who were visiting. However, once inside the OPD the doctors chanted slogans against the police and provincial government. The two parties exchanged harsh words after which the police baton-charged them, injuring and detaining a few doctors.
A heavy contingent of police was deployed at the hospital, on the second consecutive day of protest by Young Doctors Association.
The police was present at the site to stop protesters from demonstrating on the hospital premises as Section 144 has been imposed at hospitals to prevent public from gathering there.
The protest would affect the treatment of around 2,000 patients who visit HMC on a daily basis.
The doctors of YDA started their protest on Tuesday, during which police had detained five of them. According to Cantt SP Imran Malik, the five detained doctors will be brought before the court today (Wednesday).
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, YDA President Dr Gulab Noor Afridi said if Imran Khan can protest in the Red Zone [in Islamabad] then why can’t the doctors protest in the hospital’s lawn?”
“Protest is our constitutional right,” he said, adding that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police was worse than the ‘Gullu Butts’ of Lahore.
Later, Afridi was detained by the police.
Previously, the YDA have protested outside Lady Reading Hospital and had even set up a hunger strike camp near Sooriya Pul.
The young doctors’ demands include monetary compensation for the martyred doctors, no political interference in the hospital management, security for doctors along with time-scale promotion and professional allowance