The strike by the junior doctors' association (JDA) was called off partially on Thursday with the junior doctors agreeing to join the emergency department but desisting from attending the Out Patient Department (OPD).
The partial withdrawal of the strike came after the hospital administration bowed to their demands and agreed to establish a committee for reviewing the security provisions inside the hospital.
It was also decided that extra staff would be appointed to manage situations during the peak hours, which is between 9 am and 12 noon.
Dr Sunil Narang, the MY hospital incharge said that the junior doctors returned to the Emergency department at 6 pm. He also expressed hope that they would also join the OPD from Friday morning.
"We have agreed to all of their demands of filing an FIR to giving them legal protection. The only thing left now is the review by the committee on security which will be done in a meeting on Friday at 11 am" said Dr Narang.
The committee will have six members including the superintendent, Dean, SDM, SP and a representative from the doctors committee, the police officers stationed at the police chowki inside the hospital premises will also be posted inside the hospital.
"We had suggested that an extra effort would be made by the hospital administration to ensure security, but the demand for the immediate termination of the entire contract with the security company is not possible as it is not possible to find an immediate replacement" said Deepak Singh ADM post his visit to the hospital.
But the junior doctors strike till the evening made life miserable for the patients. Most of the patients were simply told to go back as there were only a few senior resident doctors on call. One can understand the condition because while there are 300 junior doctors, there are only 30 seniors residents.
Most of the patients were forced to return home, while some were seen struggling to get medical help from anybody donning a white coat.
"I had to get the plaster of my son cut but the doctors strike made it impossible for us to get it done. So I had to ask the employees who drag the stretcher to do that as they might have some knowledge about it," said Ramesh Patel, a farmer, who had come from Barwani, which is 100 km from Indore.
But a woman, whose identity could not be established, who had come in the afternoon with severe chest pain had to go to a private hospital as there was no one in the emergency department. "I am poor, but how can I let my wife suffer," said Ramesh Chauhan, who is a carpenter by profession.