Patients in Ludhiana had to face a tough time on Wednesday as the members of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Specialists Doctors’ Association in Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital and other peripheral units observed one-hour strike in protest against the fulfillment of their long-pending demands.
The protesters demanded introduction of an academic allowance for the specialists, conveyance allowance and relaxation in the service bonds.
Dr Avinash Jindal, district president of the association, said: “The government has been ignoring our demands for quite long and thus we are forced to take this step.”
The doctors also wore black badges as mark of protest and submitted a memorandum to the senior medical officer (SMO).
Patients had to suffer due to strike of the specialists doctors. Gurdev Singh, who came from Shimlapuri, said he came to the hospital at 8.30am with the hope that he would be examined early morning but the doctor did not come before 11am.
Sumitra Devi, who came from Giaspura, said her daughter was having high fever but as no doctor was available she had to wait till afternoon when the doctors resumed the jobs after their strike.
However, Dr Jindal said: “The strike was observed between 11am and 12 noon and all doctors didn’t go on strike as a few doctors were in the operation theatre and some were busy in examining ward patients.”