Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, senior central leader of the Pakistan Muslim League has condemned the Punjab government’s threatening behavior with doctors who are demanding their rights.
Addressing a delegation of senior and junior doctors who had called upon him at his Lahore residence on Tuesday.
He called upon the self-styled Khadim e Ala to redress the doctors’ grievances bearing in mind that their majority enters the coveted profession after great hard work and financial stress borne by their families.Doctors should not lose hope.
PML and the conscientious public are on their side. Punjab’s incompetent rulers instead of advancing our government’s good work in the health sector have pushed the doctors to come out on roads. Any foul move against doctors will force the Pakistan Muslim League and other parties to join the doctors on roads.
Chaudhry Parvez Elahi reminded the doctors of steps taken for their betterment during his government including the substantive increase in doctors’ salaries and other benefits. He said that his government had brought about a healthy environment in Punjab’s health sector and doctors were found willingly going to remote areas to serve the masses.
Chaudhry Parvez Elahi was informed by the doctors who had come to meet him that presently many doctors were being paid even less than the salaries his government had approved.
Chaudhry Parvez Elahi said that due to attractive packages and other offerings there was virtually zero brain drain of doctors in Punjab during his government while it was the other way round under the present set up. He said that the doctors had been bitterly humiliated and tortured by the present Punjab government.
He condemned the current Punjab set up for putting doctors in jails and for framing them in false murder cases.
He said that due to this mishandling there were thousands of doctors in Punjab queuing up for overseas jobs and by now 7000 doctors had already migrated to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Doctors left in the province are either out on roads in protest or treating patients under a constant fear of being booked for murder in case of any mishap, he said.