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Doctors continue protests

PROTESTS AGAINST bashing up of doctors by Police Training School recruits in the Nauchandi Express continued on the second day on Tuesday. There were reports of effigies being burnt and OPDs not functioning in most medical colleges in the state.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 01:44 IST

...say action not enough

PROTESTS AGAINST bashing up of doctors by Police Training School recruits in the Nauchandi Express continued on the second day on Tuesday. There were reports of effigies being burnt and OPDs not functioning in most medical colleges in the state.

While doctors at the seven medical colleges abstained from work, attempts were on to paralyse medical services in the entire state. The agitating doctors have termed the action taken by the state government as ‘not enough.’

“Arresting a couple of them or lodging an FIR is not enough. All those involved in the incident should be put behind bars and debarred from any government job for lifetime,” said president of the Resident Doctors’ Association in the King George’s Medical University Dr Devashish Shukla.

In Lucknow, the Resident Doctors’ Association took out a protest march on the King George’s Medical University campus along with the teachers. They closed the OPD and restricted admission in the hospital and Trauma Centre. In the evening they took out a candlelight march on the campus.

“Only emergency cases are being given admission while cases that need medication are being referred to other places,” said a senior staff of the Trauma Centre. The RDA first took out a march on the campus at 11 am and closed various Out Patient Departments. The doctors raised slogans against the chief minister and the state administration.

In Gorakhpur, junior doctors of the BRD Medical College stopped emergency services at Nehru Hospital of the medical college.

President of Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) Ashish Gangwar demanded arrest of the accused and Rs 10 lakh compensation for the victims.

In Kanpur, effigies of chief minister, Union railway minister and the Gover-
nment Reserve Police were burnt by the agitating doctors of GSVM Medical College.

OPD services remained suspended for the day and only emergency admissions were allowed.

In Allahabad also, the junior doctors took out a peace march from the Motilal Nehru Medical College to Subhas Chowk. Doctors of the Government Ayurvedic Medical College in Bareilly and Pilibhit have also joined the strike demanding action against the offenders.

The Indian Medical Association has also extended support to the agitation of the junior doctors in the state. IMA office-bearers on Tuesday visited KGMU’s Trauma Centre in Lucknow and met the doctors injured in the Nauchandi Express incident.

In Meerut, the medicos took out a protest march demanding action against the accused. Medical services were paralysed causing a lot of inconvenience to the patients.

Chairperson of IMA’s Action Committee Dr Gulab Agrawal said the incidents should be taken seriously by the State Government and the guilty penalised.

“We would wait for a couple of days but if no action is taken by the state we would join hands with the agitating doctors and strike work, barring emergency services in the state,” Dr Agrawal told mediapersons.