Patna, Darbhanga hospitals hit as junior doctors strike work protesting police action
In Darbhanga, nearly 350 junior medicos demanded action against the guilty police personnel, while in Patna, striking PG doctors did not force seniors to abstain from their duties.patna Updated: May 24, 2017 20:45 IST
Functioning of Patna and Darbhanga medical college hospitals were partially affected on Wednesday, as post graduate students and junior doctors boycotted work in the two medical colleges in protest against a police baton charge on junior doctors appearing for PG counselling at the IAS Bhawan last Monday.
In Patna, president of the PMCH unit of Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) Dr Vinay Kumar claimed that the strike by PG students largely disrupted the medicare system in the hospital. “Our strike call is for 24 hours, but we may intensify our agitation if our demands are not met,” he said.
He, however, said the striking PG doctors did not force senior doctors to abstain from their duties.
The association is demanding immediate release of four arrested junior doctors, withdrawal of all cases against them and action against the police personnel, who were responsible for the baton charge.
In Darbhanga, nearly 350 junior medicos struck to protest the incident, demanding immediate action against the guilty police personnel and threatened to prolong the strike indefinitely, if action was delayed. It left hundreds of patients on a limb and no new patient could be admitted through the day.
Even the DMCH and emergency wings were left badly affected due to the impact of strike.
DMCH principal Dr Rabindra Kumar Sinha said he had forwarded the letter containing demands of DMCH junior doctors association (JDA) to health department authorities, besides Darbhanga DM and SSP, while requesting the civil surgeon to deploy at least 40 doctors to man the emergency services.
DMCH superintendent Dr Santosh Kumar Mishra said that patients coming to outdoor patients department (OPD) and emergency wing were provided treatment facilities despite constraints.
Admitting that the functioning of the hospital was partially affected owing to the strike by the PG students, principal of Patna Medical College Dr SN Sinha said interns and senior doctors managed to run the emergencies and outdoor services. He denied any reports of death. “The strike started at 8 am and no report of death has come to my notice after that,” said the principal.
He said PG students of gynaecological department had not boycotted work and assisted their seniors in carrying out medical services. Also, the PG students deputed in medical and surgical intensive care units (ICUs) had boycotted the strike call.
He said operation theatres were also functioning and patients admitted in the indoor wards were attended to by senior doctors.
Sinha said the hospital management had requisitioned 15 doctors from Patna civil surgeon’s office to substitute for the striking PG students. “As many as 15 doctors have already joined the hospital and if need be, we would requisition more doctors,” he added.