Patients suffer as junior docs go on strike at GMCH

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Tribune News Service

Jammu, February 4

Junior doctors of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) today went on a strike in protest against the alleged misbehaviour by a patient’s attendant with a woman doctor in the emergency ward last evening.

The strike crippled the medical services in the emergency and general wards of the hospital, causing hardships to the patients and their attendants.

The striking doctors demanded immediate security arrangements inside the emergency block, curtailment in number of attendants with patients in the hospital and improvement in infrastructure.

Poor patients and their attendants had a tough time as junior doctors refused to attend to their duties in emergency and other wards of the hospital.

It all started last evening when the attendant of a patient had a scuffle with a woman doctor over a trivial issue. After the incident, doctors immediately suspended work for half an hour demanding action against the attendant, who allegedly misbehaved with the woman doctor.

After the intervention of the police and senior doctors, the matter was sorted out. This morning, junior doctors lodged their protest against the incident and decided to go on a strike demanding proper security arrangement for doctors inside the emergency block.

The hospital authorities were persuading them to call off their strike and resume their duties till the last reports came in.

Meanwhile, the patients and attendants criticised the junior doctors for the “unnecessary strike” and described the strike as “pressure tactics” to hide their mistakes.

 

Posted at: Feb 5, 2015, 12:16 AM; last updated: Feb 4, 2015, 11:36 PM (IST)

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