The strike of resident doctors of six medical colleges continued on Friday, creating more problems for the patients.
Meanwhile, representatives of Resident Doctors Associations had talks with health secretary SP Singh at secretariat on Friday. The resident doctors demanded the main culprit — who beat up a resident doctor in New Medical College Hospital in Kota — be arrested, a senior faculty of the department concerned stationed round-the-clock for the emergency services and to set up police check posts in the hospitals for the protection of doctors, one of the representatives told HT.
With the arrest of the main accused Naresh Mewara on Thursday night, a demand of the doctors has already been met. As far as other two demands are concerned, the government agreed on deputing senior faculty members of the department concerned in the emergency round-the-clock along with the resident doctors. However, the doctors and the administration could not reach consensus in regard to setting up police check posts in the hospitals.
The resident doctors have refused to call off the strike till this demand is agreed upon.
Jaipur Association of Resident Doctors (JARD) president Dr Rajvendra Choudhary said, “Our two demands have been met. The main culprit has been arrested. On deployment of a senior faculty in emergency department, the officials have informed that the state government itself is planning to set up ‘emergency service’ as a separate unit, therefore this demand would be implemented before December 13.”
Choudhary said the finance department has asked the police department to set up 17 check posts with 13 police personnel in each check post in the hospitals associated with the six medical colleges. “However, now we are being told that principals of the medical colleges would contact the superintendent of police and ask for the police check posts. This is not fair. Why should we request the police officials for check posts when the government can direct home ministry to set up these check posts? And, as this demand has not been met, the strike will continue. If the government agrees on it, the strike will be called off immediately,” said Dr Choudhary.
It is to be recalled that the resident doctors at the New Medical College in Kota went on strike on Monday night after relatives of a patient allegedly beat up a resident doctor on duty and misbehaved with nursing staff. Supporting the strike of resident doctors of New Medical College Kota, the resident doctors of five other medical colleges went on strike from Thursday.