JUNIOR DOCTORS have threatened to go on indefinite strike if no action was taken against the culprits in two incidents in as many days involving students of MGM Medical College and fellow junior doctors even as they started a relay hunger strike at the main gates of MY Hospital on Wednesday afternoon to draw attention to their demands.
“It’s almost two days and no action has been taken in stabbing case involving two medical students. Then, the junior doctors were abused in Tuesday night’s incident for no fault of theirs during the ransacking incident in the ICU. This has lead to a feeling of insecurity among the JDs,” Madhya Pradesh Junior Doctors’ Association president Dr Anand Rai said here Wednesday evening.
The junior doctors have also submitted a notice to the hospital and MGM College administration regarding the indefinite strike if no action is taken within 48 hours. Earlier in the day, they submitted a memorandum to the police commissioner demanding quick action in both cases. The agitating doctors have also demanded posting of armed guards at medicine ICU, surgical ICU, emergency ward, nursery (first floor) and the blood bank for 24 hours.
Two medicos were stabbed by unidentified men late Sunday night after which the junior doctors had called a flash strike on Monday. The JDs withdrew the strike within hours but continued to work protesting the incident and police inaction by displaying black ribbons on their aprons the next day.
Late on Tuesday night, a woman admitted to ICU in the M Y Hospital died after she was administered an injection. Alleging that she was given wrong medicine, her relatives ransacked the ICU and also abused the junior doctors present on duty.
“If they suspected foul play, they should have gone for post mortem. We had asked the relatives to go for it, but they took away her body.
What was the point in ransacking the ICU and abusing our doctors?” asks Dr Rai. Echoing the sentiment, Dr Vijay S Bhatia, who is looking after the affairs in absence of M Y Superintendent Dr D K Jain, said, “The patient was serious when she was brought to the hospital. No wrong medicine was given to her.” When asked about junior doctors’ indefinite strike, Dr Bhatia said, “We will make alterative arrangements. Work will not be hampered even if the junior doctors go on strike.”