Bringing relief to the patients, the senior resident and junior doctors of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital called off their strike on the fourth day after the intervention of deputy commissioner Varun Roojam on Sunday.
The doctors had resorted to strike and protest on Thursday after one of their colleagues was beaten up by relatives of a deceased patient, Bhan Singh (75), alleging negligence on the hospital’s part.
The decision to call off the strike came after principal of medical college Dr BS Bal; medical superintendent Dr Ram Sarup Sharma; deputy commissioner Varun Roojam; sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Rajesh Sharma and members of the residents doctors discussed the demands of the agitating doctors.
Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said, “We had a meeting with the doctors and felt that their demands were genuine. Most of the demands have been accepted and will come to reality soon.”
The main demand of the doctors was to provide security to them as in past too, doctors were beaten up by patients’ relatives.
Assuring the doctors, deputy commissioner (DC) Varun Roojam said, “I will ensure that Punjab police officials provide safety to the hospital.”
The DC gave a nod to the implementation of pass system in the hospital. Moreover, adequate repair and clean drinking water will be provided to hostels of Government Medical College and no weapon will be allowed inside the hospital premises.
The DC further assured action against the mob who assaulted the doctors.
Dr Gagan Deep Shergill from resident doctors association said, “The strike has been called off. We will submit everything in written as told to us.”
Meanwhile, about the development projects in medical college, medical superintendent Dr Ram Sarup Sharma said, “I and Dr Bal had a meeting with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday. The CM has directed the authorities to complete the development work in government medical college by October.”