While the striking young doctors in Punjab argue that they aren’t protesting for more money, the Punjab government maintains that the ‘service structure’ they seek adds Rs23bn to the provincial health budget.
The government also says it has already given the young doctors raises worth Rs4.5bn.
However, the young doctors have been continuing their strike with dozens of them also being arrested.
Although the representatives of the Young Doctors Association, Punjab, have repeatedly said they are providing cover for essential medical services, they should also realise the misery of the masses awaiting treatment at government hospitals.
Now that army doctors have been called in and seven patients have died due to lack of medical care, should the young doctors not look towards another approach to have their demands met, regardless of how legitimate they are?
Is boycotting their duty the only way for them to draw attention to their plight?
How can the Punjab government help remove this deadlock which if not dealt with soon, can lead to loss of more lives?