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Strike on, PGI cancels docs? leave

THE SANJAY Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science (SGPGIMS) has ordered cancellation of leave of all senior doctors. The move comes in the wake of the resident doctors? anti-reservation strike which entered the second day on Saturday. The SGPGIMS has 120 doctors and it is recalling 45 who are already on leave. The decision indicates that the institute administration apprehends the strike may continue for a while.

india Updated: May 21, 2006 01:31 IST

600-bed hospital has 173 patients

THE SANJAY Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science (SGPGIMS) has ordered cancellation of leave of all senior doctors. The move comes in the wake of the resident doctors’ anti-reservation strike which entered the second day on Saturday.

The SGPGIMS has 120 doctors and it is recalling 45 who are already on leave. The decision indicates that the institute administration apprehends the strike may continue for a while.

Over 100 patients left the hospital on Saturday and no new admissions were made. Emergency services, too, remained paralysed. However, senior consultants continued critical care, radiotherapy, dialysis and post-operative work.

The PGI administration stated if any new critical case were referred to it, the patient would be admitted. Only 173 beds are occupied in the 600-bed hospital at present. The strike has come during the doctors’ traditional vacation period.
Doctors go on vacation by rotation in May-June. One set of doctors can go on vacation only when the other set returns to duty.

Meanwhile, the striking resident doctors put up a marquee, where they sat on dharna and demonstrated. Later in the afternoon, they went to the GPO in buses and private vehicles. They raised slogans.

Some of their placards read: “As a child, I didn’t know what caste is. Now I know. Thanks to Arjun”, “Caste divided democracy, Welcome to DemoCrazy”,

“Don’t keep us ‘Reserve’, give us what we ‘Deserve’”, “I am proud to be of General Quota, I am prouder to be of Merit Quota, I am proudest to be of Indian Quota”, etc.