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Medicos strike over inadequate security enters second day

kolkata Updated: Aug 31, 2010 16:24 IST
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Indefinite ceasework by medicos continued for the second day on Tuesday affecting services in two major state-run hospitals, Calcutta Medical College and SSKM, alleging inadequate security on the campuses.

The situation, however, improved a little with the senior doctors becoming more active to restore services in both the hospitals responding to patients and their attendants demands.

"No untoward incident was reported in either of the hospitals and work is progressing well with the help of senior doctors," a police officer claimed.

Except emergency blocks, hospital services were seriously affected with nearly 100 junior doctors staying away from duty hours after a medico was assaulted allegedly by relatives of a patient in the Curzon ward of SSKM on Monday.

Police said, relatives of a patient who died in Medical College Hospital on Sunday night following head injuries, also allegedly assaulted a junior doctor and went on a rampage in the hospital.

Protesting against these incidents and demanding adequate security for them, the medicos struck work and launched an indefinite ceasework.

In solidarity with the striking junior doctors, medicos in SSKM hospital also launched a strike.

Efforts were on by administration of both the hospitals to end the impasse and restore normal services at the earliest, officials said.