The health services in Bhopal may be affected from Wednesday if the government fails to take a decision on the suspended superintendent of Sultania Zenana Hospital and four other employees by Tuesday evening, said senior and junior doctors on Monday.
The office-bearers of the Madhya Pradesh Medical Teachers Association and Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association (MPMOA) held a meeting and decided to step up the agitation launched by the Sultania Zenana hospital staff against the suspension from January 16 after a bed on which a woman and her newborn baby lied broke on January 11.
Talking to HT, president of the Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association Dr Ajay Khare said, "We are waiting for the reaction of state government. If the suspended employees are not reinstated by Tuesday evening, the doctors of Hamidia and Sultania Hospital will stop the work by Wednesday."
They said the medical officers, the Indian Medical Association (Bhopal chapter) and the nursing association would support the agitation.
A delegation of employees of Hamidia and Sultania Hospital also met health and medical education minister Narottam Mishra.
Mishra who assured the employees of looking into the issue did not make any commitment on reinstating the suspended staff.
Earlier in the day, the senior and junior doctors of the Sultania Zenana Hospital continued their protest sporting black badges.
However, the protest that entered its third on Monday did not affect the working of the hospital much.
The doctors attended patients in the out-patient department (OPD) and performed surgeries.