YDA Storms HMC’s OPD As Protest Continues On 23rd Day In Peshawar

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PESHAWAR, 14 June: Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Wednesday stormed the outpatient department (OPD) of the Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) in Peshawar as they continued their protest on 23rd day.
Police said that the young doctors tried to lock the hospital OPD against amendment in medical teaching institutes (MTI) act, compensation money to the families of deceased doctors, service structure and non-payment of allowances. The protesting doctors also put glue into the locks of several rooms of the hospital, police alleged. In order to control the tense situation, the police resorted to baton charge and injured three doctors, police said. Extra contingents of police were called in to the hospital to keep the situation under control.
The protesters said that the provincial government would not be allowed to amend MTI Act at any cost whereas they also demanded to sack chairman of hospital’s board of directors with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, HMC Medical Director Shehzad Akbar at a news conference said that the young doctors are misusing the administration’s silence over their prolong protest.
Peshawar judicial magistrate Asghar Khan has approved the bail of 13 young doctors arrested on Tuesday.
The doctors have continued their protest and hunger strike camp outside Lady Reading Hospital from past two weeks despite detentions.

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