Patients at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital had to face a tough time on Friday as members of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Specialists Doctors' Association observed a two-hour pen down strike against the non-fulfillment of their long-pending demands.
The doctors demanded to build a specialist cadre of doctors as done in the central government, to rename NPA as Special Medical Pay and to count it as basic pay as done in the central government.
They demanded to revise the basic pay grade of doctors, to provide 15% conveyance allowance to doctors, to increase the academic allowance for the specialists 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 a mark of protest and submitted a memorandum to the senior medical officer (SMO).With the doctors on strike, patients were at the receiving end.
Kulwinder Kaur, who was referred for scanning at the hospital by the Community Health Centre, Sahnewal, said, "I came to the hospital at 10:30am, and even two hours later, I am clueless on who will attend to me."
Satwant Singh, who came from Bachitra Nagar, Gill Road, for her daughter's check-up, said, "If the doctors had to go on strike, they should inform the public before hand to avoid their harassment. I took leave from my office to come to the hospital, and could not see a doctor."
Dr Avinash Jindal, president, and Dr Davinder Kumar, secretary, PCMS Specialist Association, said, "We never want to harass the patients, but as the government turned a deaf ear to our demands, we were left with no other option than to protest."