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Doctors’ strike: Health services hit, 2 dead for want of treatment

Patients are facing the brunt of this strike and can be seen running from pillar to post in search of a doctor.

jaipur Updated: Dec 19, 2017 20:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Patients wait for doctors at SMS Hospital on Tuesday.(Prabhakar Sharma/HT Photo)

Health services remained crippled on Tuesday with the ongoing strike by in-service doctors in Rajasthan. Two persons died in Hadauti region without receiving treatment.

According to information, Ashok Dheemar (35), a farmer fell ill due to the cold in Chhabra region. He allegedly did not receive treatment at the Chhabra hospital and died while being referred to a private hospital.

Similarly, a woman, Lakshmi Nama (60), was admitted to the Bundi hospital on December 15 with anaemia. She died after being discharged from the hospital as there were no doctors to attend to her.

Patients are facing the brunt of this strike and can be seen running from pillar to post in search of a doctor.

The in-service doctors had decided to go on strike on December 18, but the government started arresting doctors on the night of December 15. This angered the doctors forcing many to go underground and many boycotted work. Supporting the in-service doctors, resident doctors of all government medical colleges too went on strike on Monday.

Meanwhile, Sawai Man Singh Medical College principal and controller Dr US Agarwal on Tuesday directed all resident doctors on strike to be present on duty from Wednesday or else face suspension.

Health minister Kali Charan Saraf said that the state government has implemented most of the demands of the All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors Association (ARISDA) and requested the doctors not to get misguided by the association leaders.

He added that alternative arrangements have been made in which doctors from the army, railway, border security force, CGHS and private hospitals, listed under Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana, will attend to patients along with Ayush doctors.

In Bharatpur, patients at Raj Bahadur Memorial (RBM) district hospital were seen searching for doctors. An elderly person from Ajaan village, suffering from respiratory problems, was forced to sleep on the road on the hospital’s campus.

“We are trying to control the situation. Doctors from medical colleges have been called here to attend the patients,” district hospital principal medical officer Dr Kalicharan Bansal said.

Some patients are being suggested to approach private hospitals which are empanelled under Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana. Doctors from the ayurvedic department have also been deployed here.

In Kota, the chief medical and health officer Dr RK Lavania said that many of the in-service doctors have returned to work while around 70 ayurveda doctors have been posted at government health centres.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 20:07 IST