No headway in YDA-Punjab govt meetings
A source said on Sunday that YDA representatives including Dr Nasir Abbas and Dr Amir Bandayshah held three meetings with representatives of the Punjab government, including Senator Ishaq Dar, Senator Pervez Rashid and MNA Zahid Hamid, to reach a consensus on the service structure of young doctors but no breakthrough could be made.
Some positive progress is expected on promotion matters but financial matters are still to be resolved, the YDA source said. Another meeting is expected on July 30. About 80 doctors including 15 surgeons leave the country every year due to different reasons. This was stated by Chief of Cardiac Surgery Department of Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Prof Abdul Waheed in an exclusive interview with APP on Sunday.
“Main reasons are low remuneration, poor law and order and lack of a proper service structure for doctors,” he added. “Medical officers, registrars and even senior registrars include in the list of doctors who leave the country,” he added.
To a question, he said that after withdrawal of US doctors from Saudi Arabia over security reasons, Pakistani doctors got an opportunity to fill the vacant posts. “After every three months, Saudi officials visit Pakistan and select doctors by the permission of the government. It is a matter of concern and the gravity of the situation should be felt,” he added.
Answering a question, he said that some 30,000 children in the country borne with heart diseases which could be prevented through primary healthcare.
“Authorities should pay heed towards primary and secondary healthcare to curb the diseases instead of allocating a huge budget for treatment.—APP