With the strike of the nursing staff of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, entering the fifth day on Tuesday demanding action against a doctor for alleged misbehaviour, patients and their attendants were a harried lot.
The strike by 285 staff nurses has hit the hospital services and the hospital authorities have assigned the nursing duty to nursing students of the university college.
The nursing staff protested outside the city police station demanding action against the doctor from the neurology department for allegedly misbehaving with a staff nurse working in the intensive care unit (ICU).
“It has been five days but I have not got any justice from the police and the hospital authorities. The doctor misbehaved with me on Friday on the issue of a missing monitor (LED). We want the doctor realise his mistake. Even as we have lodged a police complaint, no action has been taken,” the complainant alleged.
The medical college authorities tried to intervene to strike a compromise between the nursing staff and doctors, but to no avail. While the protesting nurses are adamant that the doctor must acknowledge his mistake, the doctor claims he has not done anything wrong.
“We also met the Faridkot sub- divisional magistrate (SDM) requesting him to hold an inquiry into the incident, but nothing has taken place so far,” said Swaran Singh Sekhon, convener of the medical college employees’ front.
“We have received a complaint from the woman. Since it is an internal matter of the medical college and the hospital authorities have formed a special committee to look into the matter, we are waiting for their inquiry report. Action will be taken accordingly,” said Faridkot station house officer (SHO) Surjeet Singh.
“The hospital is functioning normally and services are not affected. Minor issues crop up in big organisations and there is no problem,” said Dr Raj Bahadur, vice-chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. Medical college superintendent Dr JP Singh, when contacted, did not comment on the issue citing “some urgent meeting”.
It was learnt that the hospital authorities called the striking staff and the doctor in the evening to resolve the issue again.