Chandigarh: Junior resident doctors’ strike continues for second day
There was an increase in the number of people outside the general medicine and surgery OPDs; Emergency services remained unaffected
OPD services at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, continued to be affected for the second day on Wednesday with junior resident doctors staging a protest for implementation of the central residency scheme with stipends in accordance with central regulations.
The OPD services were partially affected as patients experienced longer-than-usual wait times.
There was an increase in the number of people outside the general medicine and surgery OPDs. Emergency services remained unaffected.
On Wednesday, the director-principal of GMCH-32 and the medical superintendent held a meeting with the Junior Resident Doctors Association (JRDA), urging them to call off the strike. However, the association said they will not end the strike until they received a written assurance.
JRDA president Simran Sethi said, “In a meeting with the administration we were informed that our file was moved forward and a verbal assurance was given. But we are demanding a written assurance, and until then, we will continue our protest.”
The central residency scheme includes a higher stipend, several leaves and other benefits.
Currently, the residents are getting paid according to the Punjab pay scales.