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Docs, employees come to blows

THE FRICTION between junior doctors and class IV employees of Hamidia Hospital boiled over today during a meeting between the two parties at the Dean?s office resulting in fisticuffs between junior doctors and some employees. The meeting was, incidentally, called to pacify both the warring parties and find an amicable solution to the long-standing antipathy between them.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 13:49 IST

THE FRICTION between junior doctors and class IV employees of Hamidia Hospital boiled over today during a meeting between the two parties at the Dean’s office resulting in fisticuffs between junior doctors and some employees.
The meeting was, incidentally, called to pacify both the warring parties and find an amicable solution to the long-standing antipathy between them.

Junior doctors called off all but one operation scheduled for the day while the class IV employees too struck work. As ever, the poor and helpless patients were the worst sufferers and were seen haplessly waiting their turn for being operated upon.

Their turns, albeit, never came, as the deadlock continued till late evening. Only one emergency operation was carried out today.

Earlier, while the meeting was on, an employee leader, Kishan Chauhan, was allegedly beaten up by some doctors outside the meeting’s venue and the employees lodged a complaint against about half-a-dozen junior doctors at the Koh-e-Fiza police station.

“Some junior doctors had manhandled Kishan Chauhan outside the meeting venue and a case has been registered acting on the employees’ complaint lodged at Koh-e-Fiza police station,’’ CSP Ajay Pandey told the Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, infuriated by the complaint, the junior doctors went on strike, boycotting all the work related to the Operation Theatre. The orthopedic department and surgery department remained shut and even the OPDs were severely paralysed.

The junior doctors stuck to their stand that some of the ward boys working in operation theatres were involved in stealing equipment, sutures, dressing material and other personal items belonging to doctors.

“Two ward boys are involved in stealing sutures, dressing material and bone graft equipment worth almost Rs 20,000 from the hospital’s OT,’’ JUDA president Dr Vineet Gour alleged. He asserted the strike would become total from tomorrow or even tonight if the employees did not take the complaint back.

Dr Gour informed that 18 operations were scheduled for the day but just one was carried out since it was an emergency. He charged that the ward boys and other class IV employees had not been coming to work from the past several days and due to that the hospital’s OT was in a terrible condition.

“There is a strong possibility of patients and even doctors getting infected on entering the unclean OT,’’ Dr Gour emphasised. He added that despite repeated representations to the hospital authorities, no action had been initiated against the accused so far. Meanwhile, Gandhi Medical College (GMC) Dean Dr Nirbhay Srivastava said the matter had gone out of his hands now. He added after the registration of a police case, his jurisdiction was over.

Dr Srivastava, although, maintained he would have launched an internal investigation into the matter and solved the issue amicably had he been given the chance to do so. The class four workers later submitted a memorandum to the Dean, questioning the feasibility of material worth Rs 25,000 being in the junior doctors’ possession.

First Published: Mar 23, 2006 13:49 IST