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United staff thwart BMHRC reopening

BHOPAL MEMORIAL Hospital & Research Centre (BMHRC) management once again failed on Monday to get the hospital reopened, even partially. On several occasions in the past during the hospital crisis, now over a month old, the management claimed to have made arrangeme-nts for partial functioning of the hospital but failed as all its attempts to create a fissure in the agitating staff has not succeeded.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 13:44 IST

BHOPAL MEMORIAL Hospital & Research Centre (BMHRC) management once again failed on Monday to get the hospital reopened, even partially. On several occasions in the past during the hospital crisis, now over a month old, the management claimed to have made arrangeme-nts for partial functioning of the hospital but failed as all its attempts to create a fissure in the agitating staff has not succeeded.

A spokesperson for the hospital management said that all the arrangements had been made for opening of some wards and an intensive care unit (ICU) but at the last moment technicians and paramedical staff, who were supposed to give service in the wards and ICU, refused to work demanding protection.

“It might have been their strategy but their refusal did not allow us to make the hospital functional as we desired”, he said.

Working trustee of the hospital Aziz Ahmed Siddqui had said on Sunday that neurology and ophthalmology wards and an ICU would restart functioning.

Some of the seriously ill patients arrived at the hospital today with their attendants following news published in local newspapers that the hospital would become partially functional from Monday but were turned away.

One such patient Shahzad, suffering from serious lung infection, was rushed to Kamla Nehru hospital after his condition deteriorated. Meanwhile, Union Chemicals & Fertilisers Minister Ramvilas Pasw-an has called representatives of the agita-ting employees to Delhi for talks.

Two of their representatives will meet Paswan at Delhi tomorrow. Representatives of agitating staff called on Union Minister of State for Personnel Suresh Pachauri today to apprise him of the reasons, which led to confrontation between the staff and the management.

Pachauri assured them to look into the matter and see what could be done for restoration of hospital services as early as possible.

The matter is also likely to come up before the Supreme Court on Monday in the course of hearing on public interest litigation (PIL) on medical care of gas victims filed by Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangthan (BGPMUS).

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 13:44 IST