With medical staff on strike, as many as 13 patients admitted to Kanpur's LLR hospital died while hundreds remained unattended at various medical colleges across the state on Saturday.
The medical fraternity is protesting against the police lathicharge on resident doctors and medical students of GSVM Medical College in Kanpur following their clash with the supporters of Samajwadi Party MLA Irfan Solanki on Friday evening.
Junior doctors at the Moti Lal Nehru Medical College's associate Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital, Allahabad, SN Medical College, Agra and King George's Medical University, Lucknow went on a flash strike during the day demanding release of the 26 doctors detained by the cops in Kanpur. Strike reports also came from Meerut and other places in the state.
Police on Friday opened lathicharge on resident doctors and medical students, following their clash with the supporters of the MLA at GSVM Medical College in Kanpur.
The medical services at the outdoor patient department (OPD) and intensive care unit (ICU) remained paralysed, causing immense problems to serious patients. Dozens of patients, requiring admission to ICU, could not be admitted for want of doctors and para medical staff, sources said.
Attendants of patients were seen running from one counter to another for medical help. Relief came at an exorbitant price at private nursing homes, which only an affluent few could avail.
Meanwhile, junior doctors residing in the GSVM Medical College hostels are reported to have already vacated the hostels.
Emergency services remained affected at SN Medical College, Agra, as junior doctors boycotted work and staged 'dharna' at emergency department. Their counterpart at KGMU, Lucknow, too staged protests and submitted a memorandum to the university authorities demanding release of the arrested doctors.
Junior doctors, led by Vivekpal Singh and Vikas Kumar, demanded that the state government should set up a probe panel to look into the incident. They also called for a stern action against the MLA and guilty police officials.
The Provincial Medical Services Association too demanded action against the guilty under the Medical Protection Act. They threatened to join the strike if the government failed to initiate action. The KGMU Teachers' Association has also extended moral support to the agitation.