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Patient care remains badly hit

WITH JUNIOR doctors on strike for the third consecutive day today, senior faculty members came forward to provide medical services. But despite such efforts, patient care was badly hit and the number of patients at the OPD was half the usual flow. Majority of the listed operations had to be postponed due to shortage of workforce. At Lucknow?s King George?s Medical University striking junior doctors demanded the arrest of all those involved in beating up doctors on board the Nauchandi Express.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 00:34 IST

WITH JUNIOR doctors on strike for the third consecutive day today, senior faculty members came forward to provide medical services. But despite such efforts, patient care was badly hit and the number of patients at the OPD was half the usual flow. Majority of the listed operations had to be postponed due to shortage of workforce.

At Lucknow’s King George’s Medical University (KGMU), striking junior doctors demanded the arrest of all those involved in beating up doctors on board the Nauchandi Express.

At KGMU, admissions were restricted at the Trauma Centre. Only critical cases were entertained, while the rest were turned away to other city hospitals.

“I came all the way from Sitapur for my child’s treatment but the office staff here told me that doctors are on strike. I was asked to go back,” Ramadhar said as he sat outside the Trauma Centre.

Sarita Yadav of Sultanpur had to wait for two hours before she was admitted at KGMU, while Kitabunishan died in the medicine department ward.

The Resident Doctor’s Association (RDA) has garnered support of the Indian Medical Association, the Uttar Pradesh Nursing Home Association and Association of Private Practitioners. The RDA held a meeting with these associations and threatened to paralyse medical services in all hospitals from January 21 if their demands were not met.

A delegation of RDA, UP Nursing Home Association also visited the office of principal secretary (home) demanding arrest of all accused.

Meanwhile, the Teachers’ Association of KGMU has supported the demands of the RDA but appealed to the junior doctors to rejoin work. “We condemn the incident of assault on doctors but strike is not the answer to it,” office-bearers of the KGMU Teachers’ Association Dr SN Kuril and Dr Vineet Sharma said.

The Rajkiya Nurses Sangh (UP) has also extended moral support to the junior doctors. “We condemn the incident and will join them if they ask for our support.

We will even paralyse medical care all over the State,” general secretary of the State Body of Nurses Ashok Kumar said.

The State Medical College and Affiliated Hospital Employees’ Association has also extended support to agitating junior doctors. Their leader DP Singh said the association would join the strike.

Meanwhile, one more doctor admitted at the Trauma Centre was discharged today. Dr Sandip Kumar, who had injury in his right knee, was discharged. Now, Dr Anant Verma, Dr Sharad and Dr Bhartendu were being treated at the Trauma Centre.

In Kanpur, four persons have died in the last 24 hours. One patient died at the LLR Hospital, while the other three died at the Cardiology Institute.

One MBBS (final year) student of Ganesh Shankar Vidharthi Medical College, Kanpur, began a hunger strike in support of his demands. The student, Virendra Kumar Singh, has demanded compensation for all those injured in the train incident and increase in the stipend of junior doctors.