FAISALABAD: Owing to continued strike of the Young Doctors Association (YDA), at least nine patients lost their lives while they were denied treatment by protesting doctors in Faisalabad’s Allied Hospital.

Media reports said on Friday that nine patients have died over past 12 hours in the government-run Allied hospital where protesting doctors associated with Young Doctors Association (YDA) continued boycott of duties for the second week.

The death occurred when doctors barred the entry of patients in emergency ward.

Reports said the junior doctors have also obstructed senior doctors from performing duties. The medics have been protesting for their demands since last month. Taking action against them, the Punjab Health Ministry has sacked nearly 50 doctors.