12 die after lawyers storm Punjab Institute of Cardiology: young doctors
LAHORE: At least 12 patients have died and 25 doctors have been wounded after a group of lawyers on Wednesday stormed the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and subjected multiple doctors to torture in Lahore, Young Doctors Association (YDA) claimed.
Videos of the violence committed by lawyers have surfaced on social media. The 12 patients including a woman admitted to the hospital for treatment passed away during this anarchy.
In the videos, the lawyers can be seen barging into the hospital and smashing glass windows and doors of emergency wards, ICU, CCU and operation theaters. Windows of different vehicles, parked in the vicinity of the medical facility, can also be seen smashed to pieces, Geo News reported.
Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hasan Chohan was also not spared.
The commotion spread panic among the patients and their attendants. A young resident of Mughalpura said his mother, Gulshan Bibi, died because of the attack as she complained of chest pain but could not find a doctor to attend her.
Another attendant expressed anger over the lawyers’ violent behavior saying that his brother was being operated in operation theater. An attendant said he was subjected to torture while he was going to get medicines for his relative.
Chairman Grand Health Alliance Dr Salman Haseeb said that lives of doctors, nurses, paramedics and patients were at great risk because of the attack. Doctors also took to streets against the lawyers. They raised chants and pelted stones on them. Police dispersed the mob by firing teargas shells.
Twitterites have strongly reacted to the news and demanded from the government bring the culprits to book: