THE STATE’S biggest government hospital, Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH), wore a deserted look once again today during a daylong token strike called by Junior Doctors Association (JDA).
According to JDA State representative and regional president (MP and CG) of Youth For Equality (YFE) forum Dr Anand Rai, the strike was called in support of the nationwide protest registered by the medical fraternity on the ouster of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director P Venugopal.
He termed the removal as a biased decision on the part of Central Health Minister A Ramadoss, who vented his ire on Venugopal for adopting a sympathetic stance towards anti-quota agitators.
The strike was observed in all medical colleges of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and doctors also lent their moral support to the agitation.
However, it was only the junior doctors who remained on strike, while junior and senior consultants, doctors and assistor medical staff remained on duty. The effect of the strike was complete in all centres, except Rewa and Jabalpur.
Dr Rai said that the developments in Delhi were being closely monitored and with the expectation of a High Court stay coming on the matter it was likely that the strike might be called off in the night.
This meant that the junior doctors on night duty would resume their normal obligations before waiting for morning till the expiry of the 24-hour time schedule for the strike.
Meanwhile, health services crumbled at MYH as despite the best of efforts by MYH and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM) staff to stop a repetition of the scenario witnessed during the earlier 13-day strike. On hearing that a strike was going on at the hospital, patients chose to stay away fearing the worse.