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Paramedics protest paralyses services at Patiala’s Rajindra Hospital

Patients were at the receiving end as the outdoor patient department services of Rajindra Hospital remained paralysed for the second day on Saturday as the protest of nurses and ancillary staff entered into fourth day. Efforts of the hospital and medical college authorities to woo the staff failed. The protesters said that if their demands were not met, they will lock all four main gates of the hospital on Monday.

punjab Updated: Jun 05, 2016 15:33 IST
Avtar Singh
An unattended patient; and (below) nursing staff protesting against the non-regularisation of their jobs at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala.
An unattended patient; and (below) nursing staff protesting against the non-regularisation of their jobs at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

Patients were at the receiving end as the outdoor patient department services of Rajindra Hospital remained paralysed for the second day on Saturday as the protest of nurses and ancillary staff entered into fourth day. Efforts of the hospital and medical college authorities to woo the staff failed. The protesters said that if their demands were not met, they will lock all four main gates of the hospital on Monday.

On the fourth day of the strike, Rajindra Hospital turned into a police camp. Contract nurses and ancillary staff raised slogans against the state government and locked the operating theatres. Only the emergency and gynaecology departments were allowed to function on Saturday.

Nurses and Ancillary Staff Union president Karamjit Kaur said, “During the meetings, the authorities tried to convince us to get the issue resolved within a couple of weeks, but we refused their proposal as we want a written assurance from the state government.”

“Today we locked only operating theatres and OPD services, but, from Monday, we will close all gates of the hospital and will not allow the emergency and labour rooms to function. We have got support from post-graduate doctors and staff nurses. We only want regular jobs, which, if the state government wants, can be done in minutes,” she said.

“I got injured as bullet pierced through my leg and a surgery was scheduled for Saturday. Now, I have been asked to come on Monday or Wednesday,” said, Amrik Singh, a patient who was admitted four days ago.

Meanwhile, the authorities of Rajindra Hospital held three meetings with the paramedical staff, but failed to resolve the issue. “We appealed to them not to close the OPD and operating theatres on humanitarian ground and offered two or three alternatives, but they were not ready to call off strike. We will try to provide OPD and OT services on Monday,” said, medical superintendent, Bhupinder Singh Brar.