Chandigarh’s PGI turns into protest field as docs strike work

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2016 18:19 IST
Doctors raising slogans at the main gate of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh on Monday. (Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

A day-long show of indiscipline by resident doctors of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) left thousands of patients harassed on Monday.

For the first time in the last two decades, the main gate of the institute was blocked and ambulances carrying patients were sent back.

The strike — the second in less than three weeks — will continue on Tuesday as well.

A protest in the emergency was triggered on Sunday night, after a 28-year-old Ludhiana resident slapped a doctor after he failed to save his mother’s life. Protesting doctors moved to the main gate and blocked it for a couple of hours.

Patients had no one attend to them at the New OPD. (Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

An FIR was registered against the Ludhiana resident and later a DDR was filed by the attendant’s family, accusing the doctor of negligence.

Strengthening of security and triage system (the criteria used to decide on the sickness levels during an emergency) at the emergency OPD are the two main demands of doctors.

Dr Mounika Reddy, treasurer, association of resident doctors (ARD), said, “This is the second assault this week and we do not feel safe. We want security.”

PGI director Dr YK Chawal and other department heads failed to control the situation on Sunday night, which led to spillover of protest on Monday.

Hundreds of doctors carried a rally outside every building, including the paediatrics and the cardiac centre. Later, they put up a tent in front of director’s office and raised slogans.

6-member committee formed

The PGI director formed a six-member committee listen to doctors’ demands and held a three-hour meeting.

“A fact-finding committee has been constituted and most of the demands have been fulfilled,” said Dr YK Chawla.

Dr Amit Sharma, vice-president, ARD, said, “The strike will continue on Tuesday as well, as they have only given us assurance.”

A PGIMER press statement reads, “The OPD registration timings were reduced on Monday. A total of 4,110 patients were registered in different OPDs.”

“For Tuesday, OPD registration of PGI will be open till 9am only, in view of the strike by resident doctors.”

Patients, kin harassed

The counters of the new OPD closed before 9am on Monday as well.

“I had come from Jammu to get my child examined in neurology OPD. Now, the next OPD day is on Wednesday. This is sheer harassment,” said Ramya.

Batala resident Amritpal Singh said, “I had got an appointment for surgery after waiting for 14 days which got cancelled. The doctors should think twice before going on strikes.”

‘Disciplinary action will be taken’

“We will investigate this issue. Warning will be issued to doctors and if they continue on strike, disciplinary action will be taken,” he added.

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