Director of medical education Pardeep Kasni's threat of action as per law to the protesting doctors at the Rohtak PGIMS worked on Tuesday, forcing them to join their duty ending a five-day strike.
The doctors may have ended their stir, but justice to all as promised by Kasni remains doubtful as the first information report (FIR) against the PGIMS staff has not been cancelled yet. It's also difficult to understand how Kasni will fulfil his promise of justice to the staff members who are facing allegation of assault. On the contrary, health minister Anil Vij assured of justice to the family members of Neelam - who and her newborn died due to the alleged negligence of the staff at the PGIMS - during his visit to Kharakramji village in Jind.
Kasni's visit worries doctors
Sources told Hindustan Times that during marathon meetings, Kasni also tried to know the names of the top functionaries of the PGIMS who were supporting the protesting doctors behind the curtain. "We have learnt that some senior officers have been told to find out names of the doctors and other employees of the institute who are supporting the agitation. This development has worried the doctors," said a senior PGIMS official requesting anonymity.
MLA also talked to doctors
Although Kasni is being praised for his efforts to end the strike after marathon meetings with the agitating doctors, but some other functionaries, including Rohtak MLA Manish Grower, were in touch with the doctors and management of the PGIMS to resolve the issue. Sources said that Grower was also giving regular reports about the strike to the chief minister.
Doctors feel insulted
The protesting doctors also met senior PGIMS officials saying that the "parade" of women doctors before a three-member committee formed to investigate the allegations against them was an insult to them. "We work day and night to bring smile on the faces of patients, but now we are being forced to shed tears as more than 20 doctors were paraded before the committee without any fault of theirs," said a doctor.
Improving services a tough task
Although Kasni has assured of support to improve infrastructure and other facilities in the institute, but it remains a tough task for the government. Shortage of staff and beds are the problems faced by the PGIMS authorities. The doctors also don't want to work in the PGIMS as they get better salaries in Delhi and even in the Haryana government's institutes at Khanpur Kalan and Mewat. "There are eight beds in the PGIMS labour room and we conduct about 20-25 deliveries every day. We have to accommodate three patients on a bed in the labour room," said a senior nurse of the gynaecology department.
PRO-VC praises docotors
Pro-vice-chancellor of the PGIMS Dr VK Jain praised the doctors for ending their strike. Talking to mediapersons, Dr Jain said: "they raised five demands and we have promised them to resolve their issues. There was no discussion on the FIR and the law will take its own course. Injustice will not be done with anyone."