Patients had to face a tough time on Wednesday as outpatient departments (OPDs) of nursing homes and many private hospitals remained shut on Wednesday. Doctors running the OPDs were on a strike demanding better security system.
“My brother was suffering from acute stomach pain. We went to a hospital for treatment, but the OPD was closed. We then rushed to the district hospital for treatment,” said Apurv Khurana, a resident of Sector 19.
More than 10,000 patients visit OPDs in nursing clinics and private hospitals on a daily basis. Normally, doctors from orthopaedics, neurology, cardiology and many more departments are available at OPDs.
“We shut the OPD during the day time. We receive around 500-700 patients daily in the OPD section,” said Dr Sarika Chandra, chief medical officer (CMO), Kailash Hospital, Sector 27.
On Monday, relatives of a patient, who died at Indo Gulf Hospital at Sector 19 a week ago, ransacked the hospital and manhandled the staff alleging negligence by the hospital. They broke glasses, telephones and LCD television at the reception area and staged a dharna outside the facility.
The medical fraternity protested outside the office of Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday.
“This is a fight for our safety. People need to understand that every hospital is not equipped with all the facilities. But at the same time, we are trying our best to provide them better services each day. The nursing clinics in Noida have been serving the people from many years,” said Dr KC Sood, member, IMA.
The medical practitioners also met the senior superintendent of police (SSP). “We had to take this step. We understand that residents must have faced difficulties, but our safety is also important. We met the SSP and he has assured us that all the culprits will be arrested soon. He also said that he will try to ensure proper security in our clinics,” said Dr VS Chaudhary, member, IMA.
Some private hospitals also took part in the strike. Hospitals like Kailash, Fortis healthcare and Max closed their OPDs in the afternoon.