A group of young doctors gathered outside the University of Punjab here in the City Monday in protest against the National Licensing Exam (NLE).
The protesters, carrying placards inscribed slogans in favour of their demands, gathered near Canal Road and chanted slogans against the Pakistan Medical Commission. “We won’t tolerate the torture and attack on our brothers in Islamabad,” the demonstrators said.
They added that they won’t budge unless their demands are met.
It is to be recalled that a clash broke out between the doctors and the police when the protesting doctors tried to break into the PMC in Islamabad last week.
The police also resorted to tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesting doctors and arrested a number of them as well.
The doctors want the compulsion to sit for the National Licensing Exam to be revoked.
The Pakistan Medical Commission has announced that in order to practice in Pakistan, doctors will have to take a licensing exam after completing five years of education.
Young doctors argue that the additional examination was unfair as they had already passed the same exam to obtain their MBBS degrees. Meanwhile, doctors across Punjab boycotted OPDs at government hospitals.