Services remain crippled at 2 hospitals

ROUTINE SERVICES remained totally crippled at the Swaroop Rani Nehru and SN Children's Hospitals as the indefinite relay hunger strike of medicos entered the seventh day on Monday.
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Published on May 30, 2006 12:00 AM IST
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None | ByHT Live Correspondent, Allahabad

ROUTINE SERVICES remained totally crippled at the Swaroop Rani Nehru and SN Children's Hospitals as the indefinite relay hunger strike of medicos entered the seventh day on Monday.

The major surgeries were cancelled and even the most serious cases were turned away by the hospital staff indicating that it was the junior doctors who were actually managing the patients.

The Out Patient Department (OPD) also remained closed causing a lot of inconvenience to the patients.

With less than hundred patients remaining in the SRN Hospital most of them have been shifted to a common ward. Even the senior consultants and teachers reportedly leave the hospital after taking a 'formal' round of wards in the morning.

Meanwhile, the junior doctors and students have indicated that they were firm on their decision to continue the hunger strike until the government decides the basis of reservation. A large number of female students and undergraduates also joined the hunger strike to support the anti-quota demand. These included Anjali Srivastava, Upma Awasthi, Gunjan, Neha Agarwal, Kanchanlata, Chandan and Vineet Sehgal. The hunger strike was also participated by junior doctors Prateek, Ashish, Manoj Dubey and Sanchit Gupta. 

JDA president Dr Neeraj said after the success of Maharally they were getting some positive signals from political parties for pushing forward their anti-quota demand.  The JDA may also support the total medical strike on May 31. "We may also plan another procession or rally before that to sensitise general public towards the evils of quota system. he added.

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