Demands met, PGI docs finally call off their strike

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2016 12:26 IST
Doctors were divided, with the majority wanting to continue with the strike. (Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) called off its two-day strike on Tuesday night. More than 1,300 resident doctors had been on strike since Sunday night after one resident doctor was allegedly assaulted by an attendant of a patient.

The decision to call off the strike was taken after the committee agreed to accept a majority of their demands during a 3-hour meeting with representatives of the doctors.

However, the decision of the ARD of calling off the strike did not go well with more than 60% resident doctors as they wanted to continue the strike till they were given a written assurance of the acceptance of their demands.

The two groups of doctors had heated arguments on the issue which lasted for more than three hours.

“Will junior residents continue to work as bonded labour?,” asked a doctor, who was in favour of continuing the strike.

“We will not end the strike till they give us solutions in writing,” he said.

It took Dr Seran Reddy, president of the ARD, three-four hours to convince the doctors to end the strike and, at last, he announced the decision to call off the strike and assured them that a written confirmation would procured by Wednesday evening.

Earlier, during the day, the ARD had threatened to call back the 150-odd resident doctors, who are working in the emergency and trauma centres.

Things agreed

Administration to write to the home and health ministry to get the CISF on Wednesday morning. Till then, two police personnel will be deployed at the emergency.

Junior residents not to be held responsible for sampling in Emergencies and Trauma administration to form guidelines in written assigning the sampling job before August 31.

Six printers to be installed to obtain reports by Wednesday afternoon.

Patient to be referred back if consultant thinks he/she is stable. PGI had discussed with the Punjab and Haryana governor and local hospitals on Tuesday and a meeting is fixed to take the issue forward.

For deciding on patient’s sickness level, a temporary triage room to be opened at Emergency before 11 am today.

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