PG STUDENTS of the Radiotherapy Department of the Gandhi Medical College (GMC) have decided to proceed on an indefinite strike from November 1, if their demands are not met by October 31. The main demands of the junior doctors are a separate 30-bed ward for cancer patients and steps for securing Medical Council of India (MCI) recognition for the department.
Junior doctors observed two days of token strike on October 16 and 17 and their demands are being supported by other junior doctors, medical students and even NGOs associated with cancer care, private doctors and some other eminent personalities.
PG students have been decrying the lack of facilities for the patients in the department as most of the important therapy machines are non-functional in the absence of a radioactive source.
The PG students had decided to call off the strike after the dean and superintendent of the college and hospital assured them that the Government was initiating steps for setting up a separate cancer ward on the premises of the Kamla Nehru Hospital within the GMC campus.
Later, students had also met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and medical education secretary IM Chahal and got an assurance of prompt action on the matter. Students had decided to wait till October 28 for Government action.
One of the junior doctors, Dr Shrikant Khare told Hindustan Times that no concrete action has yet come from the college administration or the State Government. Thus, PG students held a meeting on Saturday and decided to proceed on an indefinite strike from November 1, if their demands were not met by then. A memorandum warning of the indefinite strike was submitted to dean Dr M K Saraswat and superintendent Dr V K Pandya on Saturday.