Tug of War Between Doctors and Shahbaz Sharif:Doctors on StrikeBy Dr. Mentalist • Jun 30th, 2012 • Category: Politics • 7 Comments
Doctors on strike continues.
Young doctors association’s strike continues in Punjab as I jot down these words.
Being myself a ‘young doctor’(but not a part of YDA), I thought I shall share my view point with you all.
How it all started:
Doctors and medical students had been fortunate enough not to indulge themselves into politics anywhere in the world until 2002.
It was another hot and humid morning of July 2002. when a few of medical students were still sleeping in their hostel rooms. They had air conditioners running at maximum as they knew they won’t have to pay any bills. These were the students who were asked to stay back and attend ‘extra classes’ as they didn’t have a serious attitude towards their studies without realizing how much government and the tax-payers were doing for them.
One of the doctors( who is a part of Punjab govt and an MPA) approached these students and took them to Murree stating that they needed a break from their tough routine. He fed them well in Murree and took them to Islamabad the next morning to protest against de-approval of Islamabad medical & dental college with pretending to be fake students.
This exposed these budding doctors to the filthy field of politics and these were the doctors who were an integral part of fueling the initial protests launched by YDA.
Who are these doctors:
YDA was formed by the doctors who were notorious through out their medical school career to do the ‘bad things’ and who couldn’t really kick start their medical career after graduation. They decided to take out their frustration by indulging in the politics.
Many of them will eventually become Dr. Saeed Ilahi and Dr. Firdaus Ashiq Awan.
By refusing to treat the patients in the outdoors, YDA is violating its own constitution ( article 3.2).
Shahbaz Sharif’s faults:
Shahbaz Sharif can easily fix this problem by setting up a proper and rewarding service structure for the docs but his thinking is that he doesn’t want to reward the bad behavior.
Shahbaz is surrounded by incompetent advisors who now nothing about health care management. He needs to get rid of them.
Whatever the case may be, strike is no solution. It just ads to the sufferings of already ailing humanity.
Dr. Mentalist, Lahore