Thousands of patients who visited government hospitals on Thursday faced harrowing times with doctors across the state going on strike protesting against alleged assault of a colleague in a medical college in Kota.
The resident doctors at the New Medical College in Kota went on strike on Monday night after relatives of a patient allegedly manhandled a resident doctor on duty and misbehaved with nursing staff, said a striking doctor.
The striking doctors are demanding the arrest of the culprits and adequate security for doctors and nursing staff at the hospital. All resident doctors in six medical colleges in the state are on strike, said Jaipur Association of Resident Doctors (JARD) president Dr Rajvendra Choudhary.
He said that the striking doctors are demanding for strengthening of the existing police booths in the six medical colleges in the state and ensuring that senior faculty members be made available round the clock at the emergency wards.
“The strike would continue in the state till these three demands are fulfilled,” said Dr Choudhury.
Negotiations between the resident doctors and Kota medical college administration are going on and the doctors are expected to return to work soon, said a senior doctor.
Professors, assistant professors and senior doctors of the medical college have been called to assist and take care of the patients in the hospital during emergency hours, said Dr SR Meena, principal of the New Medical College.
The striking doctors have said that they would not resume work until adequate security arrangements are made at the hospital and the accused arrested, he said.
A police complaint has been lodged against the main accused Naresh Mewara and other accused, he added. The resident doctors in Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer and Udaipur medical colleges have also join the strike on Thursday.
Inputs from Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer, Udaipur and Bikaner