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Stir affects medical services, impact to be severer on Friday

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, August 30, 2014
First Published: 00:06 IST(30/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:07 IST(30/8/2014)

Patients at various hospitals in the city were inconvenienced on Friday by the pen-down strike there for two hours.

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PCMS (Punjab Civil Medical Service) Specialist Charter Association led this agitation against last Thursday's incident where the authorities at Narang Hospital had not let a medical team led by civil surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhalla inspect records of deaths in maternity care at the private facility this year.

The hospital authorities and their supporters had not even let the team enter the place. Last Friday, a case in this regard was registered in the Islamabad police jurisdiction of this district against Dr Ashwani Narang and other workers of the hospital.

During the strike, the protesters alleged that the police were yet to arrest the accused, and so on Saturday, the strike would be district-wide, with only emergency services remaining open. "We might even go for Punjab bandh a couple of days later, if the accused are not caught and there is no action against the policemen who declined to arrest them," said PCMS Specialist Charter Association state president Dr Kashmir Singh Sohal.

He said that since the showdown between the CMO team and the owners of Narang Hospital, the doctors in the city were scared of performing duty. "We have the duty to enforce the PNDT (Pre-Natal Sex Diagnostic Techniques) Act and the Food Safety Act, which put us in threatening situations often. We need government security while going into all hospitals, and the civil surgeon should get it first," said Sohal.

The association demanded at least one police post in the district and another in the division under the control of doctors, so that they are able to call cops quickly when they need them.

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