The strike of Punjab Civil Medical Specialists (PCMS) Specialist Doctors association started making its impact on Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital on its third day on Monday, as only 19 patients were left in 77 beds of the inpatient department of hospital, which used to remain almost full earlier.
Though specialists doctors are not on strike from doing OPD work, the number of patients in OPD has also reduced with the news of doctors’ being on strike till May 16. On Monday, only 460 new patients were registered in the OPD with 30 old patients.
Only 11 patients were admitted to women’s ward and eight patients were admitted to men’s ward. In men’s ward, 10 patients were discharged on Monday, which included two serious patients, who were referred to Rajindra Hospital, but their relatives got them discharged from the hospital, and went to a private hospital.
Emergency also got affected due to strike. On Monday, only 30 admissions were done in emergency department. Of this, 20 included admissions to MotherChild Hospital.
Deep Kumar, a patient who was referred to Rajindra Hospital, said, “Doctors here said to me that they can’t provide me treatment, thus, referred me to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. But going to some other city for treatment is not easy, so I went to a private hospital.”
Manjeet Kaur, a patient who came from Ghumana village said, “I met with an accident and came to civil hospital for treatment, but here I was informed that specialists doctors were on strike. So, I had no other option than to go to a private hospital.”
As senior medical officers of community health centres can’t be a part of the strike, civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal has been appointing them at civil hospital on daily-basis. On Monday, SMO Sudhar Dr RP Bhatia conducted medical fitness of people who had applied for Amarnath Yatra.
DOCTORS WERE NOT PRESENT EVEN IN OPD FOR FULL TIME
PCMS specialist doctors, who declared strike from specialist work till May 16 are said to be working in OPD. But, in reality the doctors are not doing the duty properly. In civil hospital, OPD is open from 8am to 2pm in summer.
But on Monday, doctors first held a press conference at 12:30pm, and after that they did not return to their OPD. A visit to hospital at 1:20pm revealed that no doctor was present in the OPD. These doctors are on strike from specialist job till May 16, to press for their demands of creating specialist cadre, and increasing allowances.
PCMS Specialist Doctors Association district president Dr Avinash Jindal said, “We are doing OPD work, but like MBBS doctors. We are not even prescribing specialist medicines, and also revealing this to patients. We remain in the hospital whole day, but if no patient is there, doctors get up from their seats.”
Civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal said, “It is evident that strike by specialist doctors made an adverse impact on services, but still we are running emergency services and tried to manage things by appointing SMO’s on alternate days. I will ask the doctors on strike to remain in OPD till the prescribed time.”