Chandigarh:Naresh Kumar, 35, on Tuesday was sent back after his name did not figure in the ENT surgery list at PGI. Coming all the way from Kapurthala and managing a date after the long wait was equally painful as his ailment as 137 OT technicians were on strike.
While 35-year-old Manasvi who had to wait for two days for being operated upon for her leg that was badly injured in an accident, too had had a harrowing time when she was told that her surgery has been postponed due to strike.
“From past one week, I was waiting for the surgery, on Monday night I was told that my surgery would be done, but on Tuesday morning, it got postponed due to the strike,” shared helpless Manasvi. Meanwhile, many other patients suffered the same pain as the OT Technical Staff Association started its three-day strike for an indefinite period, sending hundreds of patients admitted at the Nehru Hospital waiting for surgery into a tizzy on Tuesday.
Notably, the strike has been announced after negotiations between the PGI authorities and leaders of the association failed over the ongoing row over doctor manhandling an OT technician, hitting the patient care system on day one of the strike, doctors had to postpone dozens of scheduled surgical operations.
Tough minor surgeries were done but that too got very late. Talking about the decision of OT technicians to go on three an indefinite strike, association general secretary Manoj Kumar said, “After repeated negotiations with the authorities failed, it was decided that the technicians would not join duty. And if the administration
still fails to agree to our demands after three days we will be going on indefinite strike.”
Meanwhile, for managing things at the emergency ward, the PGI authorities had to shift surgical operations pertaining to gynecology and orthopedics to the new emergency operation theater.
“We cannot leave the patients to suffer so all the emergency OT’s are worked normally. We did emergency surgeries. However, definitely because of the strike doctors are overburdened as it’s not possible to manage the patients in the absence of the OT technicians. The surgeries, were done taking help from the BSC nursing students,” said a Senior Doctor, who
was on duty at the emergency OT and declined to be named.
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