Ganesh Chaturthi festivities kept patients away from civic hospitals as the doctors continued to strike for the second day on Saturday. Sion hospital, where thousands of patients come on a daily basis, saw only 108 patients in their out patient department.
“I think people are not coming due to Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Also, they must have read in the newspapers about the strike,” said Dr Nilima Barse, deputy dean, Sion hospital.
Around 2,500 resident doctors from eight government hospitals across the state and three civic hospitals are on strike to highlight the need for security for doctors, after a resident doctor was assaulted by relatives of a 10-month-old girl who died at Sion hospital on Thursday.
All civic hospitals — Nair, KEM and Sion — wore a deserted look on Saturday. Emergency cases were attended to by senior doctors and lecturers on duty on Saturday and Sunday.
A delegation of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) met Dr Pravin Shingare, joint director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) on Saturday, which yielded no results. The representatives then met municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar at Sion hospital. In a press release, Kumar stated that they agreed to enhance the security in the hospitals by filling up the vacancies of the security guards. Besides, the BMC would purchase instruments like walkie-talkies for security guards.