And most were turned away

SHYAMA HAD just entered the KGMU?s Paediatric department when suddenly a crowd of 100 others went inside raising slogans. As the crowd went out so did the junior doctors of the department, leaving Shyama and her eight-year-old daughter with nothing but worry. ?I thought doctors here would treat my daughter but they have left the wards so I am taking my child to some other place,? she said.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 01:45 IST

SHYAMA HAD just entered the KGMU’s Paediatric department when suddenly a crowd of 100 others went inside raising slogans. As the crowd went out so did the junior doctors of the department, leaving Shyama and her eight-year-old daughter with nothing but worry. “I thought doctors here would treat my daughter but they have left the wards so I am taking my child to some other place,” she said.

The situation was same in every department where the junior residents went to get the OPD and wards closed. Suddenly the junior residents came to the scene and disturbed the entire functioning.

However, just after the call of strike by the Resident Doctors’ Association, senior faculty members plunged into action and tried to control the inflow of patients.

“Faculty members have been assigned duties to manage the wards and teams have been formed for the purpose,” said Dr KL Srivastava head of the paediatric department.

Patients coming to the Trauma Centre also faced problems as admissions were restricted for only those with severe injuries or who required immediate operation. Those requiring medication were turned to other places.

In the medicine department, seven patients were taken in during the day but registration of only five was done. “The other two do not require operation so we would refer them to other places as there is crisis of doctors in the wards,” said a staff of the department.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 01:45 IST