Mixed response to bandh

THE MEDICAL services bandh call given by anti-reservation junior doctors received a mixed response today with some medical services remaining closed while some others functioning normally.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 14:31 IST

THE MEDICAL services bandh call given by anti-reservation junior doctors received a mixed response today with some medical services remaining closed while some others functioning normally.

Most of the private hospitals, however, kept the Out Patient Departments (OPDs) closed to express solidarity with the anti-reservation junior doctors. Some diagnostic centres and medical shops remained closed while some others were open.

Gandhi Medical College (GMC) Junior Doctors Association President Dr Manish Rawat said relay hunger strike by the junior doctors continued in the state capital. A public meeting was organised by the striking doctors at the GMC. Functionaries of the Medical Teachers Association, retired IPS officers and doctors of private hospitals addressed the meeting.

Only emergency cases were attended to in private hospitals, Rawat added. Junior doctors also organised a painting competition in the college premises where the students expressed their feelings through colours.

The junior doctors had locked all the four gates of the Hamidia Hospital building and prevented senior consultants and other doctors from providing services in various wards.

Patients, including several serious ones, were stranded on either side of the hospital and emergency ward due to the locking of gates by striking doctors. Even repeated requests by patients and their attendants to doctors to let them pass through fell on deaf ears.

It was only after some senior doctors reprimanded the agitators that the locks were re-opened after about couple of hours. The OPD at Sultania Hospital remained closed for two hours till 10.30 am as the doctors had reached the dharna site, while the doctors at Katju Hospital sported black band during work as a mark of protest.

Dr Ashutosh Dixit said that all preparations had been made for the bandh being organised on June 3. Different associations related to medical field have come to a common platform on the issue.

Meanwhile, Bhopal Chemists Association President Lalit Jain said all chemist shops would remain closed during Bhopal bandh on June 3 in support of the anti-reservation junior doctors.

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 14:31 IST