Govt mulls legislation to protect on-duty doctors, paramedics.


LAHORE -- A meeting of the cabinet committee on law and order on Friday decided to make legislation to protect on-duty doctors and paramedics.

The meeting was held at CM Office with Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in the chair. The meeting reviewed progress on the PIC vandalism case and measures taken for the hospital's functioning. It was decided that legislation will be made in order to provide necessary security to doctors and paramedical staff at hospitals.

The chief minister directed the officials to present the Health Professionals Security Bill in the next meeting of the cabinet and complete other work related to the legislation. He said that security would be provided to hospitals, doctors and paramedical staff and no one would be allowed to attack health care providers and patients in hospitals. He ordered measures to have the PIC emergency opened by Friday night as patients were facing problems due to its closure.

Earlier, the meeting was told that indiscriminate action was being taken against those involved in hooliganism and all requirements of justice will be fulfilled in this case. The chief minister said the elements who took the law into their hands deserved no leniency and the law will come into action against those involved in illegal activities.

The chief minister was told that restoration work at PIC was being carried out round the clock and emergency services were all set to be available to people from Friday night. He was briefed that cheques of financial aid had been distributed among the bereaved family members of those who lost their lives during the PIC rampage. All doctors and people whose vehicles were damaged during this incident have also been compensated.

Provincial ministers Raja Basharat, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan, Hashim Dogar, Taimur Bhatti, Ansar Majeed Khan, the Punjab chief secretary, Punjab Police inspector general, advocate general of Punjab, law secretary, SH and ME secretary, Lahore Division commissioner, information secretary, Lahore CCPO and others were also present in the meeting.

Arshad Nadeem, a resident of Mian Chunnu and a player who set a new record in javelin throw in South Asian Games 2019, called on Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at CM's office on Friday.

It is worth mentioning that Arshad Nadeem won gold medal in SAF Games in Kathmandu by throwing javelin to a distance of 86.29 metres and qualified for Tokyo Olympics. The chief minister congratulated Arshad Nadeem...

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